NORWALK - A transient charged in the bludgeoning death of a Lakewood man inside a local Wal-Mart was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court Wednesday after he was found mentally fit to stand trial.
Richard Lawrence Kalfin is charged with one count of murder in the beating death of 74-year-old David Oakleaf in 2011.
Kalfin was initially arraigned and pleaded not guilty in 2011 in Bellflower, but later was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. In December 2012, Kalfin was declared mentally fit and returned to court to stand trial, this time in Norwalk.
Prosecutors say Kalfin used an aluminum bat from the sporting goods section of the Lakewood Wal-Mart, 2770 Carson St., to attack Oakleaf.
Witnesses said Kalfin may have followed Oakleaf into the store and attacked after Kalfin asked the victim for money in the parking lot and was refused.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators said there was no evidence of any contact between the two men prior to the slaying. The beating, captured on the store's surveillance video, appeared unprovoked, authorities said.