Family members of slain Newport Beach liquor store clerk Hao “Tony” Quang Huynh filled the front row of the courtroom during Weston Scott Kruger’s arraignment Friday.
“I want to know why he killed my brother and how,” said a tearful Jenni Huynh outside the courtroom.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Kruger is accused of killing Huynh July 28 in a scuffle after the clerk accused him of shoplifting and chased him outside of Sportsman’s Liquor Store in Newport Beach.
Dressed in an orange jail uniform, Kruger pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery Friday. The defendant chatted casually with other inmates in the Plexiglas courtroom holding cell before the hearing and appeared unemotional during the proceedings.