Curtis Martin III pleaded not guilty today to charges that he murdered his girlfriend and their baby, both of whose bodies were found, separately, in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park in November.

Martin is accused of killing his 17-month-old son, Jashon, and later killing Jashon’s mother, 23-year-old Zoelina Toney, according to a report by KTVU.

Martin has two prior felony convictions: a 1994 voluntary manslaughter conviction for the death of the 3-year-old son of his girlfriend at the time and a 1992 conviction for possession of an assault weapon.

Martin, a 38-year-old Oakland man, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on May 17 for a pre-trial hearing.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...