Man pleads not guilty to murder in southwest Bakersfield shooting

Crime Watch

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of first-degree murder filed in connection with the shooting of a man in southwest Bakersfield, according to court records.

Ethan Jermaine Smith was ordered held on $1.25 million bail in the shooting that happened Sept. 29 in the 3900 block of Soranno Avenue.

Smith is due back in court Oct. 15.

The coroner’s office identified the slain man as Derek Deon Henry Jr., 30.

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