The arraignment for a UC Berkeley student facing murder and other felony charges has been delayed again following an altercation early Wednesday in an Oakland courtroom.
Pablo Gomez, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal Jan. 6 stabbing of 27-year-old Emilie Inman at her home on Ashby Avenue. He's also charged with several other counts in connection with two other Jan. 6 incidents: assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder for an alleged knife attack on a second woman, and first-degree robbery in an alleged in-home theft from a third.
Berkeley police have not said whether they've determined a motive in the killing, and it's unknown whether Gomez, who was active in a variety of political causes on campus, knew Inman, a UC Santa Cruz graduate and environmental educator who was training to become a Waldorf teacher.
Gomez, whose family lives in the Los Angeles area, was arrested in Burbank the day after the killing and brought back to the Bay Area the following week. The initial arraignment in the case was postponed until Wednesday so Gomez could secure counsel.
Members of Gomez's family, friends from the UC Berkeley community and Inman's Ashby Avenue housemates were in court for the 9 a.m. arraignment. The spectators were present when Gomez, wearing a red jail jumpsuit, met with a public defender, George Arroyo, in a small room adjoining the courtroom.