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The Latest: Man pleads not guilty to making rampage threats

November 06, 2017 - 3:14 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Latest on the arrest of a man who threatened to commit a "killing spree" at a Southern California University (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

A man who threated to commit violence at a California university and posted videos describing his desire to carry out a killing rampage has pleaded not guilty.

David Kenneth Smith appeared Monday in court in Orange County to face charges of making criminal threats. He entered a not guilty plea and was held on $1 million bail.

Smith is accused of threatening employees at Soka University, where he graduated in 2008.

Authorities say Smith was emailing with an employee about discipline he faced for marijuana use in 2008. They say he then sent a link to a YouTube video showing him in a bathtub with a semi-automatic pistol on his chest speaking about the school.

He references a "killing spree" in other videos on the YouTube page.

Smith is due back in court next week.

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1:15 p.m.

A man accused of threatening to commit a shooting at a California university had posted several videos online describing how he would shoot people indiscriminately during a rampage.

David Kenneth Smith was awaiting arraignment on suspicion of criminal threats Monday after threatening employees at Soka University in Orange County. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on the allegations.

In a video posted on YouTube, Smith has a handgun lying on his bare chest in a bathtub as he describes his time in college and filing complaints against college employees.

In another video he has a shotgun slung of his shoulder and says he has thought about who he might kill. He then says, "I've come to the conclusion you just shoot everyone."

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11:11 a.m.

Authorities have arrested a man accused of threatening a staff member at a California university and posting videos of himself holding guns and talking about a desire to go on a killing rampage.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says 40-year-old David Kenneth Smith of Los Angeles was arrested Friday on suspicion of criminal threats and is due in court Monday.

Authorities say Smith emailed the Soka University staff member a link to a YouTube video showing him with a semi-automatic pistol on his chest and speaking about the school. Authorities say Smith had posted other videos speaking of his desire to kill.

Authorities say they received a report Wednesday about the email exchange, which started over discipline Smith faced for marijuana use when he attended the school in 2008.

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