LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court date was postponed until Friday for an ex-felon accused of killing a Starbucks customer during a weekend coffee shop shooting in Las Vegas.

The delay came Wednesday, after Pedro Jose Garcia’s court-appointed public defender asked a judge for time to confirm whether his office has can represent Garcia in the case.

The attorney, Edward Kane, said outside court he expects Garcia will plead not guilty.

The 34-year-old Garcia is accused of killing 41-year-old Aleksandr Khutsishvili with a gunshot to the chest with a .22-caliber handgun.

Witnesses say Garcia entered the store after his payment card was declined Sunday at the drive-thru window, and shot twice into the ceiling before shooting Khutsishvili.

Police say the two men exchanged angry words, but didn’t appear to know each other previously.

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