Thomas Kim sits in a hospital gown in a wheelchair as his arraignment is postponed in Superior Court in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday, July 9, 2018. Kim, the 77-year-old man suspected of setting off an explosion in his Long Beach apartment building on June 25, then opening fire on two firefighters, killing Fire Capt. David Rosa, had his arraignment postponed until August 15. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP, Pool)

California firefighter slaying suspect appears in court

July 09, 2018 - 5:03 pm

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 77-year-old man has made his first court appearance to face charges that he murdered a fire captain and wounded two other people after allegedly setting off an explosion at a California senior housing tower.

Thomas Man Kim sat in a wheelchair Monday in the Long Beach branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, where his arraignment was continued to Aug. 15.

Kim's public defender says she has been unable to communicate with him and requested postponement of the proceedings, which have been delayed because of medical issues.

Authorities say Kim was feuding with a woman who lived above him, set off a blast to kill her on June 25 and then fatally shot Long Beach fire Capt. Dave Rosa and wounded another firefighter and a building resident.

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