Gavin Smith murder: Convicted drug dealer pleads not guilty to killing Fox executive

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The lawyer of the man charged with murdering Fox Executive Gavin Smith told the media Thursday that his client was defending himself.
FILE - This file photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith who was last seen May 1, 2012. The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed early Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 that the remains of Gavin Smith have been positively identified. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
The remains of a 20th Century Fox executive who disappeared more than two years ago were found in a rural desert area of Southern Caifornia, officials said. 
Smith was last seen on May 1, 2012, wearing purple pants, and black and grey shoes, according to a missing person's flier. 
Smith, pictured with his family. 
Smith, pictured with his wife, Lisa. 
Smith, pictured with his wife, Lisa. 
Smith, pictured with his children. 
Investigators discovered Smith's Mercedes in a Simi Valley, Calif., storage unit, KTLA reported. 
Detectives uncovered evidence Smith's car that led them to determine that the search for the missing Fox executive changed from a missing persons case to a homicide case, KTLA reported. 
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By THE WRAP

John Creech, the convicted drug dealer charged with murdering Fox executive Gavin Smith, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Los Angeles.

The suspect is currently serving an eight year jail sentence after pleading no contest to one count of sale or transportation for the sale of a controlled substance in September 2012, in a separate case.

The Smith family also released a statement Thursday. Read it below.

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It has been over two and a half years since the disappearance of my husband, Gavin, and the pain my family has suffered in that time has been incomprehensible. His death has left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled. And have no doubt, the evidence will clearly show this was a cold blooded, premeditated act of murder.

We are so grateful for the detectives and forensic experts who have worked tirelessly to solve this case and have confidence that our legal system will bring justice for Gavin and all of the people who love him.

As our family continues to live with the agonizing reality of Gavin's violent death, we will look to God for strength. At the same time, we are so thankful for the many people who are helping us every day to deal with this devastating tragedy.

Please respect our privacy in this extremely difficult time.

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