LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former professional boxer charged with killing his manager in 1987 pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Exum Speight, 50, remains behind bars on around $1 million bail. Speight’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Airport Branch Courthouse.
Speight was arrested Sept. 25 and charged with the March 29, 1987 murder of then 30-year-old Douglas Stumler, his manager of two years.
Stumler — who also worked for the county Housing Authority — was found dead in his West LA apartment by a friend who went to check on him, police said.
Investigators said DNA evidence found at the scene links Speight to the crime. At the time of his arrest, authorities said Stumler was strangled and stabbed.
As a pro boxer, Speight had a 9-39 record including losing in 1996 on a second-round TKO to Wladimir Klitschko, now the heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Organization.
Stumler was an Indiana native who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Indiana University about six years before his death.