Man charged in death of CDCR counselor pleads not guilty, removed from court for disturbance | News

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A Bakersfield man charged with the murder of a Wasco State Prison counselor made his first court appearance in this case Wednesday during which a public defender entered not guilty pleas for all counts on his behalf.

Robert Pernell Roberts, 29, appeared while covering his face for the entirety of the hearing with a piece of paper. Deputy Public Defender Norman Hasso entered not guilty pleas for Roberts on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection to the death of Benny Alcala Jr., 43, of Bakersfield.

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