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Raleigh County man pleads not guilty to murder

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Raleigh County man accused of murder makes his first court appearance since being indicted.

19-year old Gaston Smith pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 20-year old Darien Blaney.

The incident happened last July at the intersection of Cannaday and Mulberry streets in East Beckley.

During his preliminary hearing, Smith said the incident was self-defense.

Investigators say the two had been arguing for a long time.

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