John Creech pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the capital murder charge before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin.
A convicted drug dealer was charged Thursday with the murder of a 20th Century Fox distribution executive whose body was found in the Antelope Valley in October, about 2 ½ years after he went missing.
Smith died under mysterious circumstances.
Gavin Smith, a former UCLA basketball player, was last seen leaving the Oak Park home of a friend on May 1, 2012.
A report on E! online says missing Fox executive Gavin Smith was romantically linked to a Canoga Park woman whose home was searched.