Louis M. Duffy, who is accused of killing Clinton “Billy” Lewis, a gay man, on Wednesday entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the Elmira Star-Gazette reported.

Twenty-year-old Louis M. Duffy was arrested hours after the Sunday, May 1 slaying and police say he confessed to shooting Lewis in the head inside Lewis' apartment, which is located across the street from Club Chill, an Elmira, New York gay bar and club Lewis owned and operated. Duffy led police to the place he had hidden the Springfield Armory model XDM .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol he used to kill Lewis.

While not divulging the motivation behind the killing, police insisted Lewis, 53, was not killed because he was gay. “He was not killed because he was gay,” Captain Joseph Kain, commander of the Elmira Detective Bureau, said shortly after Duffy's arrest.

Duffy told the judge that he lived in Horsehead, a town that borders Elmira, with two friends. He is expected back in court on June 13.