Defendant in St. George bar shooting pleads not guilty; trial set for April

File composite image. | Background photo shows the One and Only Bar in St. George, Utah, where a fatal shooting took place Dec. 29, 2018, leading to the arrest of Bronson Joseph Flynn (inset photo). | Background photo by Ron Chaffin; booking photo of Bronson Joseph Flynn courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Bronson Joseph Flynn, who is accused of shooting and killing a man outside the One and Only bar in St. George last month, pleaded not guilty Monday at a preliminary hearing in 5th District Court.

Flynn, 26, of Ivins, was charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, using a dangerous weapon during a fight, carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

District Judge G. Michael Westfall found probable cause on the first five charges and bound Flynn over for arraignment. Flynn entered not guilty pleas to those charges, according to court documents. The judge deferred ruling on the latter two charges.

At the hearing, several witnesses testified about the events that transpired in the early hours of Dec. 29.

Police responded around 1 a.m. after receiving reports of gunfire. The shooting reportedly stemmed from a dispute between bar patrons that started in the front area of the bar, but occurred outside.

Spencer Maluafiti Tafua, 34, died at Dixie Regional Medical shortly after the shooting.

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Flynn is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bail. His attorney, Trevor Terry, asked the judge to reduce the bail but the request was denied.

A five-day jury trial has been scheduled for April.

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