The man accused of butchering and bludgeoning his friend more than 50 times with a knife and hammer in Pacifica last year pleaded not guilty to the murder charge Wednesday, according to prosecutors.
Marc Anthony Furlan, 24, allegedly killed 24-year-old Kevin Coffey on Oct. 17.
The slaying occurred at Furlan’s father’s home on Dell Road and was preceded by an argument, although the motive remains under investigation. Mental illness might have played a factor, as Furlan had previously been enrolled in mental health court, according to The Daily Journal.
Police officers showed up to the home on a disturbance call at about 5:15 a.m. and found Coffey’s body out front. Prosecutors say Furlan killed Coffey in the house, dragged him outside and was caught in the process of disposing of the body.
On March 20, the San Mateo County Criminal Grand Jury charged Furlan with murder by use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.
Furlan may have a mental illness, according to The San Mateo County Journal, as he had previously been enrolled in mental health court.
Furlan remains in custody on no bail status, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The death was reportedly Pacifica's first homicide since 2000.