Transient Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Man Set on Fire

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — A transient pleaded not guilty Tuesday to capital murder in the death of a 63-year-old man following a horrifying attack outside a 7-Eleven store.

Clark is charged with special circumstance murder and arson in the attack that killed Jerry Payne. He was denied bail.

7-11-car-fireInvestigators believe Payne was sitting in his car when Clark, 38, tossed an incendiary device through an open window.

The SUV exploded in flames.

Witnesses helped pull Payne from the burning vehicle, but he had already suffered critical burns to much of his body.

Payne was rushed to the hospital where he died Monday as a result of his injuries.

The incident happened just after 5:00 p.m. on Friday near PCH and Clark Avenue in Long Beach.

Investigators believe Clark asked the victim for money outside the store.

When Payne refused, Clark allegedly threw a bottle into an open window of the vehicle, and the object immediately burst into flames, engulfing the SUV.


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