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Accused Killer Of East Palo Community Leader Appears In Court

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Police on the scene of the June 9, 2010 shooting at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. (CBS)

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EAST PALO ALTO (BCN) – A man suspected of killing an East Palo Alto community leader outside the Hillsdale Shopping Center in June was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Gregory Elarms, 58, has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting David Lewis as he got out of his car at the shopping center June 9.

The district attorney’s office has additionally charged Elarms with illegal possession of a firearm, and a special circumstance of lying in wait, which would make him eligible for the death penalty.

At his arraignment Tuesday afternoon, Elarms delayed entering a plea and was assigned a court-appointed attorney.

He is scheduled back in court Jan. 4.

Elarms is believed to have followed Lewis from the nearby San Mateo Medical Center, where he was conducting HIV testing and counseling.

“We have reason to believe that Mr. Gregory Elarms killed David
Lewis in cold blood,” San Mateo police Chief Susan Manheimer said at a news
conference Monday.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

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