Transient charged in Wal-Mart baseball bat slaying
Richard Lawrence Kalfin, 47, is due to appear in a Bellflower courtroom Thursday for arraignment on the single murder count. In charging Kalfin, prosecutors also noted he had a 2005 conviction for arson.
Authorities have identified the victim as David Oakleaf of Lakewood, who died Tuesday after being repeatedly struck in the head in what witnesses described as a vicious, methodical attack.
Kalfin is believed to be a local transient who frequented the Wal-Mart shopping center. On Tuesday, he wandered into the store and through its aisles before ending up in the sporting goods section.
Sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez said there was no evidence the two men had prior contact.
In a statement, Wal-Mart expressed its "deepest condolences" to the victim's family.
"We are working closely with law enforcement to offer what information we have, such as surveillance video that might help with the investigation," the company said.
--Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)
Photo: Wal-Mart where the baseball bat slaying occurred. Credit: KTLA-TV.