RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - A former Pennsville, N.J., man who authorities say killed a Transportation Security Administration screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who was wounded before his arrest, occasionally touched a bandage on his neck and spoke in a hoarse voice during a three-minute arraignment before a federal magistrate at the West Valley Detention Center, where there is a medical facility. Ciancia moved to Los Angeles in 2012.
He acknowledged his name in a near-whisper and said he had read his 11-count indictment.
Trial was set for Feb. 11 in federal court in Los Angeles.
Authorities say the unemployed motorcycle mechanic arrived at the airport's Terminal 3 on Nov. 1 with the intention of killing TSA workers. Officials have said Ciancia had a grudge against the agency, but have not indicated what prompted it.
After entering the terminal, police say, Ciancia pulled a semiautomatic rifle from a duffel bag and began spraying the area with gunfire as hundreds of people fled in terror.
TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez was killed. Two other TSA officers and a traveler were wounded.
Hernandez, 39, became the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty.