Man Pleads Not Guilty in Deaths of 2 Guards

A former mental patient pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday to charges he shot to death two Universal Studios security guards while stalking actor Michael Landon.

Nathan N. Trupp, a former New Jersey mental patient, allegedly shot and killed guards Jaren Beeks, 27, and Armando Torres, 18, on Dec. 1, 1988.

Prosecutors said Trupp, 42, killed the two guards while seeking Landon in the deranged belief that all three men were Nazis.

At the time of the shootings, Trupp was the object of a nationwide manhunt for the killing of three people at an Albuquerque, N.M., bagel shop two days earlier. Authorities said Trupp told them he killed the three because they sold him poisoned bagels.

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