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An Oakland man pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he murdered another man outside a store in the city’s Fruitvale district in December. Franklin Bean, 30, is accused of fatally shooting 25-year-old Jeremy Johnson in the 2600 block of Fruitvale Avenue on the afternoon of Dec. 17. Police said the two men had been involved in a dispute for several months but didn’t say what the dispute was about.
Bean smiled as he entered the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta and acknowledged a group of about 20 family members and friends who have come to all of his court hearings. Bean was arrested after Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies stopped him for smoking a cigarette outside of Macs Sports Bar at 21722 Meekland Ave. in unincorporated Hayward at 10:55 p.m. on Jan. 20.
The deputies spotted Bean and two other men smoking outside the entrance to the bar and stopped to issue citations because a county ordinance passed in 2009 forbids smoking within 20 feet of bars and other businesses. The deputies checked the three men’s identities and realized that Bean was wanted for murder in Oakland.Bean, who is being held in the county jail without bail, is scheduled to return to court on April 23 for a pretrial hearing.
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