SFSU student shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Surveillance images from a Muni train show the suspect in a fatal shooting in San Francisco's Ingleside Heights neighborhood.
October 2, 2013 11:31:22 AM PDT
The San Francisco man accused of killing a San Francisco State University student made a court appearance Wednesday in a case prosecutors are calling a "random thrill killing."

Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, pleaded not guilty in the shooting of 20 year-old Justin Valdez after the two got off a Muni metro streetcar last week in the city's Ocean View District.

The judge denied bail. Prosecutors say the suspect is a threat to the public and could kill again.

Investigators say they found survivalist gear, an arsenal of weapons, and $20,000 in cash after searching his residence.


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