Arraignment was delayed for the 2nd time Tuesday in the case of a death row inmate charged with capital murder in the 1989 strangulation of a 15-year-old Wilson High School sophomore.
Royal Clark Jr., 49, was tied to the 22-year-old murder of Danielle Marie Haddon through DNA analysis.
Without that analysis, funded by a federal grant in 2008, the already-convicted killer of a 14-year-old Fresno girl might have never been suspected in the Long Beach case, officials said earlier this year.
Clark - who was 27 at the time of the Oct. 30, 1989, killing - allegedly used an electric cord to strangle the local teen, who was home alone while her grandmother was at work, Deputy District Attorney Carol Rose said.
Clark appeared briefly at the Long Beach Superior Court Tuesday morning to enter a plea in the case, but his arraignment was postponed until March 5.
He is being held without bail since his transfer from San Quentin Prison, where he has been awaiting execution on death row since his 1995 conviction for 1st-degree murder for the strangulation and attempted rape of a 14-year-old Fresno girl and the attempted murder of a 15-year-old girl.
Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty in the matter.
(source: Contra Costa Times)