A man accused of brutally beating an 84-year-old man painting a church in Fallbrook to death pleaded not guilty in court Friday.
The victim was found in a nearby alley unresponsive and with trauma to his upper body around noon Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Suspect Keith Vasquez, 21, was booked on murder charges and his bail has been set at $1 million.
Vasquez attacked two other people helping paint the church, both of whom survived.
So far, officials have not been able to find a connection between Vasquez and the victims.
"As far as we know right now there was no connection between the suspect and victims. Believed to be a random act," said Lt. Kenneth Nelson with SDSO Homicide Unit.
His readiness hearing is set for Tuesday, October 4 and his preliminary examination is scheduled for October 6.
The victim's name has not been released yet.