A 53-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge filed almost three decades after the shooting death of a jewelry salesman at a Pasadena gas station, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today.
Deputy District Attorney Ryan Erlich said Albert Ahmad Clark aka Al Clark (dob 5/4/62) of Los Angeles was arraigned yesterday on one count of murder with an allegation that he personally used a handgun in the commission of the crime.
Clark is due to return for case GA097658 on Feb. 9 in Department J of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pasadena Branch. The case was filed on Dec. 9, 2015.
The defendant also faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of ammunition in a separate felony complaint. Case GA097710 also alleges Clark was convicted in 1989 of one count of robbery.
On Feb. 27, 1988, victim Leroy Galloway was selling jewelry out of his van parked at a gas station on Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, the prosecutor said. Clark is charged with killing Galloway by shooting him multiple times, the prosecutor added.
Although the defendant was arrested and charged with the murder in 1989, the case was dismissed due to a lack of sufficient evidence and the limitations on forensic science at the time.
If convicted as charged, Clark faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
Bail for the defendant remains at $2 million.
The case remains under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.
Los Angeles County District Attorney /. Case GA097710 / January 15, 2016