Homicide suspect pleads not guilty to murder

By Kelly McCarthy

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two men are accused of killing a Binghamton man last June. One of the suspects, 44 year-old Nigel Smith, plead not guilty Tuesday morning in Broome County Court.

Smith is accused of killing Bretnie "Sha" Owens,44, of Binghamton. Owens was found dead on June 15 in an apartment on Stone Street.

A grand jury indictment charges Smith with second degree murder and several counts of robbery related to the crime.

On Sept. 25, Broome County Sheriff David Harder caught the homicide suspect after a car chase through Binghamton and into the Town of Fenton.

Smith was first captured in the home of Ruth Morenus at the corner of Pine and Albany streets.

Smith also facing charges for criminal trespassing and resisting arrest from the Sept, 25 car chase.

The indictment shows a co-defendant was also involved in the June robbery and murder.

Calvin Bell is also facing charges of second degree murder and robbery. The indictment does not indicate whether he has already been arraigned.

Smith's lawyer is Stephen Cornwell. His next court appearance is a scheduled conference for Feb. 4th at 8:30 am.