Fatal park stabbing attack called unprovoked 

Richard Ray stabbed fellow transient Adam Noyes in the heart during an "unprovoked" killing in Golden Gate Park last weekend, a prosecutor said during an arraignment hearing Thursday.

The 65-year-old Ray told police he was defending himself when he killed 25-year-old Noyes after a bloody brawl that has rattled the nerves of park-goers and prompted enhanced police patrols.

Police arrested Ray around 9:40 p.m. Sunday after he reportedly flagged down a passing car near John F. Kennedy and Conservatory drives to report what had happened.

Prosecutor Braden Woods said Thursday that Noyes was found with defensive wounds to his hands, and that Ray was carrying a bloody, 5-inch knife.

Woods also said Ray has anger-management problems, having had several prior contacts with police for trying to break into his ex-wife’s home. The judge ordered Ray to stay away from his ex-wife, who’s a potential character witness in the case, Woods said.

Ray’s attorney, public defender Rebecca Young, said police reported the defendant was cut on the head during the brawl and that Noyes was found with an open pocketknife in his pants.

Young said Woods’ charge that her client has anger-management problems was a ploy to get the public and judge to cast early doubt on the self-defense argument in the high-profile case.

"If this is going to be the tactic of the district attorney, we may have to ask for a gag order," Young told The Examiner.

The case is one of two high-profile attacks that raised yet another red flag regarding years of concern involving the homeless in Golden Gate Park.

Holland and Noyes were park regulars, police said.

The stabbing took place four days after a pit bull attacked three people near John F. Kennedy and Crossover drives. The dog is believed to have lived in homeless encampments in the park and been used for breeding.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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