Tidrick pleads not-guilty in Clovis murder case

FRESNO, Calif.

Eric Tidrick was supposed to make his first court appearance on murder charges earlier this week, but he was in a psychiatric facility and did not make it to court.

Tidrick could face the death penalty because of a 1978 murder conviction, while he was a juvenile. Archives, court records, and family members reveal Tidrick was convicted of bludgeoning Larry Eugene Smith to death.

The possibility of the death penalty complicates the new court proceedings. Tidrick served three-years in juvenile hall for the 1978 conviction.

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