OAKLAND -- The man accused of killing six students and a receptionist at Oikos University during what police described as a revenge mass killing pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple special circumstances murder charges that make him eligible for the death penalty.

One Goh, 43, made the plea through a Korean-language interpreter and also answered yes to questions regarding his approval to waiving his right for a speedy trial.

Wearing a red Alameda County Jail jumpsuit, Goh appeared healthy despite a weeks-long refusal to eat, which ended this weekend.

His face appeared slightly slimmer than in booking photos taken after his arrest, just hours after the shooting rampage.

Goh was shackled at the waist and handcuffed to a chair during the entire court proceedings.

Goh is accused of killing Judith Seymour, 53, of San Jose; Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Grace Kim, 23, of Union City; Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro; Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco, and Katleen Ping, 24, of Oakland.

The shooting spree began on the morning of April 2 inside the small, struggling university on Edgewater Drive in Oakland when, police say, Goh walked into a classroom, eventually stood up and then starting shooting students.

Police say Goh was upset that the university refused to refund his tuition after he dropped out of school at the beginning of the school year.


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Goh allegedly used a .45-caliber handgun and brought four additional magazines with him to the school.

After the shootings, Goh stole a student's car and drove to a Safeway in Alameda, where he called a family member and said that he killed students, police say.

Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan has said Goh walked into the Safeway store and asked a clerk if he could use a telephone.

The clerk stood by as Goh called a relative, Jordan said, and overheard the suspect talking about the shooting. The clerk notified store security, who detained Goh and called Alameda police, Jordan said.

In interviews with Oakland police, Goh admitted that he went to the college with a .45-caliber handgun and four loaded magazines, that he kidnapped a woman in an office and took her to a classroom, that he shot several people and that he took the car keys of one of his victims and left in the victim's vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Goh's attorney, deputy public defender David Klaus, declined to comment Monday but said last month that his client was "extremely remorseful and overcome with sadness."

That sadness contributed to Goh refusing to eat for three weeks, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department said. Goh allegedly told other inmates that he was refusing to eat because he was ashamed of what he did. Klaus said Monday that his client is now eating.

Goh is scheduled to appear in court on June 25 for a pretrial hearing.