SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused in the beating death of his roommate at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge.
Bart Clement Schafer faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted in the death of 53-year-old Robert King.
Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey said the 32-year-old defendant alerted hospital staff March 17 that the victim was down on his face and said he had fallen. But Schafer eventually admitted that he had slammed the victim's face into the ground, the prosecutor alleged.
King was transported to the hospital with bleeding on the brain and facial fractures and died a week later.
Harvey said the defendant had been committed to the psychiatric hospital because of a recent arrest and had been the victim's roommate for only a short time.
Bail for Schafer, initially arraigned last week on an attempted murder charge, was increased Monday from $250,000 to $750,000.
He will be back in court April 4 for a status conference and April 18 for a preliminary hearing.
In San Diego, the "Great American Eclipse" will have maximum visibility at 10:23 a.m. Monday, August 21. Southern California residents will have about 60 percent darkness at that time.
With just a week to go, many people across the U.S. are buzzing about the "Great American Eclipse."
Hundreds of people rallying against illegal immigration and counter-protesters opposing their stance were squaring off today along the shore at Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center and other social justice groups held a rally against hate in response to the Alt-Right rallies held across the country in recent days.
A whale watching boat spotted a whale four miles off the coast of Point Loma entangled in fishing line.
A man was seriously injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be about average over the next week throughout San Diego County with the warmest temperatures in that period expected over the weekend.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during tomorrow's solar eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.