A Linda Vista man suspected of fatally shooting a hotel security guard was granted bail of $50,000 during his arraignment Tuesday on lesser charges.
Kenneth Myron Murphy, 25, pleaded innocent to charges of possessing a small quantity of methamphetamine and having a loaded gun in his car, which prosecutors say was unrelated to Saturday's slaying of Glenn Avery Jr., 67, a security guard at the Montgomery Field Holiday Inn.
Charges had to be filed against Murphy by Tuesday to avoid freeing him. A mix-up at the jail prevented authorities from conducting an identification lineup before the deadline. Prosecutors believe the lineup will solidify their murder case against Murphy.
"Rather than jeopardize this case, we had to file these lesser charges that resulted from his arrest (in connection with the slaying) essentially to hold him," Deputy Dist. Atty. Al Barret said.