An Oakland man pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he murdered another man in the Sobrante Park district in East Oakland last October.
Eric Lockhart, 21, is accused of fatally shooting 52-year-old Trent Prater in the 10600 block of Topanga Drive at about 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 10.
Lockhart, who wears glasses and smiled as he spoke to his attorney in court today, is also charged with arson because authorities allege that he set fire to the van he allegedly used to flee the scene of the shooting.
Lockhart was arrested on Dec. 17, more than two months after the fatal shooting.
He is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on May 19 for a pretrial hearing in his case.
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