LANCASTER, Calif. -- Suspended University of Montana
cornerback Jimmy Wilson pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder
charge stemming from the shooting death of his aunt's 29-year-old
Wilson is charged in the June 3 shooting death of Kevin I. Smoot
in Lancaster, about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The player
also faces a special allegation that he personally and
intentionally discharged a rifle.
Wilson's aunt and Smoot had been fighting the night Smoot was
shot, authorities said.
Wilson, of Pasadena, remained in custody in a Los Angeles jail
on $2 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again for a
pretrial hearing on Sept. 27.
Wilson surrendered to California authorities on June 12 and was
suspended from the Montana football team a few days later.