OAKLAND -- A man has been charged with murder in the 2008 fatal shooting of a longtime acquaintance he was upset with for bullying him, authorities said Friday.

Curtis Smith, 34, of Oakland, is charged with killing Marlan Campbell, 30, on Nov. 21, 2008 in the parking lot of a bar in the 9300 block of International Boulevard. Smith is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with having two prior felony convictions; both for possession of cocaine for sale in 1999 and 2006.

He has twice denied killing Campbell, once during a prison interview in 2009 and again after his arrest Dec. 30 near his West Oakland home, Officer Phong Tran said.

Police said Smith and Campbell knew each other since childhood growing up in Oakland. Police said Campbell had a reputation for bullying, and when Smith finally got tired of it, that led to a confrontation between the two men that ended with Campbell being shot.

Soon after the killing police received information that Smith was the suspected gunman, but did not have any corroborating evidence at the time.

After Smith went to prison in 2009 for a San Francisco gun and narcotics conviction, Oakland detectives interviewed him but he denied involvement, and he was eventually released after serving his term.

But police recently found witnesses who identified Smith as the suspected gunman and that led to a warrant being issued for his arrest, Tran said. He is scheduled to enter a plea in court Jan. 8 and is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail.