Murder suspect to detectives: 'Do your job' and find real killer

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Justin English, who is accused of shooting his girlfriend and killing their unborn child, claims his innocence Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Kern County jail.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man has claimed innocence after his arrest Friday on suspicion of shooting his girlfriend and killing their unborn child five years ago.

Justin English, 27, appeared in court Monday afternoon. Bail was set at $1.5 million. He faces a charge of murder related to the baby and the attempted murder of his girlfriend.

English denied he shot Pauline Reyes, 40, who was about seven months pregnant at the time. Speaking in jail before his court hearing, English told Eyewitness News he's being blamed unfairly.

"All the evidence leads back to me," English said. "That's exactly what the deputies, or the detectives, pretty much told me, that all the evidence leads back to me, and there's nobody else."

Reyes was found injured on July 1, 2007, in a motel in the 2700 block of South Union Avenue. English said he shared a room there with her, but he had been gone all that day. He'd been visiting his parent's home.

"I had went home, and came back and found her on the floor with blood around her," English said. He stressed that he called an ambulance, then went to the motel office trying to find out what had happened.

English said by the time he returned to the room, Kern County Sheriff deputies were there.

"They handcuffed me, and she stated it wasn't me, so then they took the handcuffs off and they questioned me, but they let me go," English said. He said officers questioned him a couple years later but took no further action.

English said he and Reyes also have a little boy who was 2 years old at the time she was shot.

"He's doing good," English said. "I had two-day visitation every other weekend, and he wants more."

English said the little boy doesn't talk to him about his mother.

Sheriff's officials said the girlfriend was severely injured in the shooting and left with permanent injuries.

Some of Reyes' relatives were at the Monday court hearing but none wanted to comment afterward.

English is frustrated that Reyes had told officers he did not shoot her, and now he is accused.

"Her family gathered up, and huddled around her, and traumatized her, or whatever it was," English said. "She wants to say it was me now."

English is set to be back in court next on Aug. 17.

He insisted the real shooter is still on the loose, even though officers say the evidence points back at him.

"That's why I'm here, pretty much," English said. "And that's what I told
(detectives), do your job. Do your job, (and) find the person (who shot Reyes)."