LANCASTER – Nicholas Brian Harper, the 23-year-old man accused of killing his roommate was to be arraigned in court Thursday.
However, during his brief court appearance, Harper did not enter a plea and his case was postponed to April instead.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Ogden agreed to continue the matter to April 3, 2012 to allow the public defender more time to prepare the case.
Harper was ordered to remain in custody on $2 million bail.
Harper stands accused of shooting and killing his roommate, James McElroy, 21, on Feb. 7 inside their apartment at the Parkwood Patio apartment complex in the 38000 block of 20th street east in Palmdale.
Harper has reportedly claimed that the shooting was accidental, but McElroy’s family members tell a different story.
About 15 of McElroy’s family members attended Harper’s court hearing Thursday, many of them wearing t-shirts with McElroy’s image.
Family members say they will continue to attend all court hearings until Harper is put behind bars permanently.
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