Jerry Arnold Payne, a 63-year-old black man, died Monday, April 15, in the 5000 block of East Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
On Tuesday, Raymond Sean Clark, a 38-year-old homeless man suspected of fatally setting Payne on fire outside a Long Beach 7-Eleven, pleaded not guilty to capital murder.
Clark stood behind the inmate holding cell and was not visible to reporters as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James D. Otto read him the charges.
Clark is charged with special-circumstance murder and arson causing great bodily injury in the Friday, April 12, attack on Payne.
No bail was set for Clark, who remains in custody.
The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Clark Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, not far from Payne's home. Authorities accused Clark of walking up to Payne, who was sitting ...
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