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UPDATE: Man pleads not guilty of charges stemming from girlfriend’s death

Posted: November 3, 2011 12:33 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2011 5:45 p.m.


SAN FERNANDO — A Canyon Country man entered a plea of not guilty Thursday to manslaughter charges in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Rosemary Flynn.

Bryon Jeffrey Murray, 29 — looking relaxed and composed at his arraignment on charges of vehicular manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter — pleaded not guilty to both charges.

He is scheduled to return to court next month, but his trial is not expected to get under way until spring.

About 10:30 a.m. Thursday, his short black hair in a brush cut, Murray entered the courtroom from the custody area with his hands in his pockets, exchanging a brief smile with his mother and two others seen in the courtroom.

Wearing a white long-sleeved garment under his short-sleeved pale green prison top, Murray responded politely to Deputy District Attorney Kareen O’Brien.

“Yes, ma’am,” he said when asked if he was entering a plea of not guilty.

Superior Court Judge David B. Gelfound, noting that a plea of “not guilty” had been entered, ordered Murray to return for a pre-trial hearing in December.

Flynn, 21, of Canyon Country, died in July 2010 of a fractured skull after the couple argued outside their Canyon Country apartment and she hit her head on the pavement.

Flynn hit her head on the asphalt after having allegedly grabbed the door of a truck Murray was driving away from the Jakes Way apartment.

On Thursday, Flynn’s parents sat on one side of the courtroom while Murray’s mother sat with two other women on the opposite side of the courtroom, smiling and laughing quietly with one another.

Outside the courtroom, the Flynns said they were pleased to have the case moving ahead.

“Everything is going as it should,” said Rosemary Flynn’s father, Matt.


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