2 men plead not guilty in beating, killing of Bakersfield man


Two men pleaded not guilty to beating and killing a man in Downtown Bakersfield.

Steven Buckner and Timon Everidge were in court Tuesday. Both men pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sergio Mendoza who was killed on 19th Street on July 11.

Investigators said the assault appeared to be unprovoked and and that both men and a third, Nathaniel Mayfield, beat Mendoza. Two of the men said Everidge stabbed Mendoza.

Buckner and Everidge are due back in court in August. Bail is set at $1 million for each defendant.

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