Robert E. Graves, 66, of Nob Hill pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally shooting 24-year-old neighbor Geoffrey Greer last weekend during an early morning dispute that reportedly began over a complaint about a rooftop party.
Graves remains in custody on $3 million bail in connection with the Saturday killing in the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue. He appeared for his arraignment Thursday morning in an orange jail uniform, with wavy, disheleved grey hair and thick black prescription glasses. Greer's family also appeared, but declined to talk.
What led to the shooting remains unclear, but Graves' attorney, Public Defender Steve Olmo, said after Thursday's hearing that it appeared the dispute began over a party Greer and his friends were having on the roof. The police report also stated Graves was heard asking Greer if he was the son of a cop during the dispute, Olmo said.
The defense attorney said he could not comment further as he had been assigned the case Thursday morning, adding that Graves claimed during their first meeting that the police report was factually flawed.
Prosecutors and police have thus far been tight-lipped about the incident.
Greer's family and friends are stunned by the loss of a young man described as "smart, hard-woking and well-loved." Greer was a senior associate for the global media agency MEC.
Graves, who was briefly held in a psyche ward after being arrested at his home Saturday, is the author of "The Art of Psychic Dice."