gavel.jpgA man accused of the fatal shooting of another man in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood last month pleaded not guilty to murder charges today, a district attorney’s office spokesman said.

Konstantin Solodukhin, 22, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the Sept. 17 death of 25-year-old Edgar Yegiyan, who was shot near 35th Avenue and Rivera Street, police said.

Yegiyan was standing in front of a friend’s house smoking a cigarette during a party when Solodukhin allegedly shot him several times with an assault rifle, police and prosecutors said.

Another man, 22-year-old Oren Zakhrabov, drove Solodukhin away from the shooting and housed him afterward, prosecutors said.

Solodukhin was arrested at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, hours before he was set to leave on a one-way international flight, police said.

Zakhrabov was also arrested at his home in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

Solodukhin was arraigned this morning on murder and firearm charges and denied all allegations, district attorney’s spokesman Omid Talai said.

Solodukhin is being held in county jail in lieu of $7 million bail and will return to court for a pre-hearing conference on Oct. 11, Talai said.

Zakhrabov, who pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact, will return to court this Friday for a hearing on his bail, which is currently set at $750,000, Talai said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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