Man who allegedly had dead man's wallet pleads not guilty 

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The man who was allegedly found with a Mission district murder victim’s ATM card about nine hours after the body was found Sunday pleaded not guilty to a felony theft charge on Thursday.

Roland Pouncy, 42, of San Francisco, has been charged with one count of receiving stolen property after police found him in possession of the ATM card belonging to Richard Sprague, 47, of San Francisco, who was found dead on a Mission district sidewalk at about 7:42 a.m.

Police haven’t said whether Pouncy is a suspect in the killing.

“They have nothing tying Mr. Pouncy to any homicide besides one card,” his attorney, San Francisco Public Defender Stephen Rosen, said during Thursday’s arraignment.

“That's significant,” responded Judge Gerardo Sandoval.

The judge set Pouncy’s bail at $55,000.

Neighbors said they heard Sprague cry out for help in the 100 block of Julian Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. No one called 911 until more than five hours later, when a woman who initially thought he was passed out took a closer look and saw bruising and swelling.

Some residents said they didn’t call 911 because they figured someone would have aided him on the well-populated block.

Around 1:20 p.m. that day, police stopped and searched Pouncy at 16th and Mission streets, around the corner where Sprague's body was found, according to prosecutors.

Pouncy was allegedly in possession of Sprague's Well's Fargo Bank ATM card. Police have not said what led them to Pouncy.

Pouncy has been to prison twice, the first for a 2000 conviction for possession of cocaine for sale in San Francisco and the second in 2006 for possession of a controlled substance.

Pouncy will return to court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 7.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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