The accused gunman in a brutal poolhouse killing in Hillsborough — the first murder the Richie Rich suburb has seen since 2004 — was set to return to court Thursday following his June tirade before a judge.
“I didn’t murder anybody!” Bradley Kleiman declared during the June arraignment in which the 30-year-old interrupted a San Mateo County judge and his own attorney.
Kleiman is expected to enter his plea Thursday on charges that he shot the partially disabled Christopher Calvache, 30, twice in the head and once in the buttocks after an argument on June 15, prosecutors said.
The “friends” had planned on going out for dinner before the squabble left Calvache dead in the poolhouse, they said.
Kleiman “called 911 and reported that he accidentally shot his friend,” prosecutors said. He also told cops he fired in self-defense after Calvache pulled a gun, police said.
The victim’s mother said Calvache had overcome a spinal injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. The injury happened five years ago while swinging from a rope at the Feather River near Oroville, she said. He overcame his injury and was able to walk with a cane, she said.
Kleiman was irate during his June arraignment, reportedly failing to heed to his attorney’s suggestion to quiet down.
“Why am I being booked here?” Kleiman, dressed in a green prisoner’s uniform, asked the judge from behind a glass barrier in the courtroom.
“Why am I being booked?” he shouted.
When police arrived at the scene of the killing, they reported seeing Kleiman “carrying marijuana plants in the backyard,” prosecutors said.
Update: On Thursday, the defense attorney’s request to continue the case was granted. The defendant did not enter a plea and the case was continued to Sept. 2 for plea entry and to set a preliminary hearing date.
Bay City News and Associated Press contributed to this report.