LOS ANGELES — He duped people from coast to coast using various aliases, passed himself off as wealthy socialite Clark Rockefeller, and is in a Massachusetts prison for kidnapping his daughter off a Boston street. But he absolutely insists he is no murderer.
A day after he was charged with the 1985 slaying of his former landlord’s son in California, Christian K. Gerhartsreiter, who calls himself Rockefeller, professed his innocence and vowed to fight the charge, his lawyers said yesterday.
“He’s anxious to get this resolved and to clear his name,’’ said Boston attorney Jeffrey Denner, who along with attorney Brad Bailey, met with their 50-year-old client for two hours yesterday morning at the North Central Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Gardner, Mass.
“He has consistently proclaimed his innocence,’’ Bailey said. “We are going to fight this every step of the way. This is not a strong case. This is an old case.’’
Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, said prosecutors are confident that they have enough evidence to convince a jury to convict Gerhartsreiter of the decades-old murder of 27-year-old John Sohus, who disappeared from a San Marino home owned by his mother while Gerhartsreiter was renting a guesthouse on the property.
“We wouldn’t have charged him if we didn’t believe a jury would find beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty,’’ Robison said. “We believe that the totality of evidence is overwhelm ing in pointing to his guilt.’’