- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge scheduled a Nov. 3 preliminary hearing for a 34-year-old ex-felon accused of killing a Starbucks customer during a weekend coffee shop shooting in Las Vegas.

Defense attorney Edward Kane was assigned Friday to be Pedro Jose Garcia’s attorney. He says Garcia will plead not guilty.

Garcia is accused of killing 41-year-old Aleksandr Khutsishvili (koot-shish-VEE’-lee) a little before noon Sunday.

He remains jailed in Las Vegas without bail.

Witnesses say Garcia entered the store after his payment card was declined at the drive-thru window, and police say Khutsishvili exchanged words with Garcia before he was shot.

A friend who knew Khutsishvili since childhood says he was a naturalized U.S. citizen from the country of Georgia, where he served in the military and wasn’t the kind of person to back away from conflict.

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