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Posted: 12:55 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013
KTVU.com and wires
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
A defendant charged with killing a man with a baseball bat inside a Milpitas sporting goods store appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Friday but did not enter a plea.
Nathaniel Manlangit, 26, his black hair cut in a Mohawk, walked into the courtroom at the Hall of Justice in San Jose in chains and handcuffs and stood before Judge Diane Northway.
A public defender representing Manlangit requested more time to prepare the case and Northway agreed to postpone the plea hearing until July 29.
Manlangit is suspected of beating to death 31-year-old Carlos Caloca inside the Sports Authority store at the Great Mall of the Bay Area.
Milpitas police said Manlangit and Caloca got into an altercation at the store at about 10:50 a.m. on June 7.
According to police, Manlangit picked up a baseball bat from a store shelf and struck Caloca several times.
Prosecutors were still working Friday to piece together what actually happened and what the relationship was between the two men, Deputy District Attorney Angela Bernhard said.
Caloca was hit multiple times with the bat, but the medical examiner's report had not been completed by Friday, she said.
Manlangit, who was ineligible for bail, was charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon, and could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted, Bernhard said.
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