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Man accused of murdering former girlfriend appears in court

Anthony Karsten, accused in the 2015 murder of his former girlfriend, appears in Kern County court in Bakersfield, Calif., Thursday, July 19, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man accused of strangling a Bakersfield woman three years ago stood before a judge Thursday.

Anthony Karsten pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of former girlfriend Jessica Hayes.

Karsten, 43, was arrested without incident in Santee, in San Diego County, police said earlier this week.

A police report on the investigation details Karsten’s apparent anger that Hayes broke off their relationship.

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