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The Lompoc man charged with murder at a dog park in April made his second arraignment appearance at Lompoc Superior Court on Thursday, when the matter was continued.

No pleas were entered during the brief hearing. 

Kenneth Robbie Whalen, 30, is accused of fatally stabbing of Theophus Bennett, 33, in Barkin Park on April 3, according to Lompoc Police. He also faces a special allegation -- use of a deadly weapon to commit the alleged crime.

Bennett, who police believe was a transient, died after the alleged stabbing at the park, located at 300 W. Barton Ave, in what was Lompoc's first homicide of the year. 

An attorney with the county Public Defender's Office, who was originally appointed to represent Whalen, declared a conflict in the matter, so attorney David Bixby was appointed to represent the defendant. 

Bixby on Thursday requested a continuance to June 21 so he could meet with Whalen and prepare the case. 

In the meantime, Whalen remains in custody at the County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Whalen was arrested on suspicion of murder May 25 after police served a warrant at a location in the 1600 block of West Cherry Avenue, where he was seen leaving. 

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Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210