A parolee who allegedly beat a 65-year-old man to death during a burglary at the victim’s Mead Valley residence pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other charges.

Richard Alan Johnson, 27, of Mead Valley was arrested last month on suspicion of killing Kurt Milosavljevic.

Along with murder, Johnson is charged with two counts of burglary and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a burglary, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if he’s convicted and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office elects to seek it.

Johnson was arraigned before Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 19 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Johnson is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza, the attack occurred on the night of Sept. 17 in the 22000 block of Rios Avenue, near Decker Road, just west of Perris.

Patrol deputies were called to the house to investigate reports of an assault and found Milosavljevic dead from injuries consistent with a beating, Espinoza said.

Detectives quickly identified Johnson as the alleged assailant, and he was arrested in the predawn hours the following day near the property.

There was no word on whether the two men knew one another.

According to court records, Johnson has prior convictions for burglary, receiving a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

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