A former convict charged with the attempted murder of two jail officers in California has pleaded not guilty.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2d3G1zB ) that Thong Vang stood in a yellow jail jumpsuit at Thursday's arraignment.

Authorities say Vang shot the unarmed officers Saturday when they approached him after he cut to the front of the visitors' line at the downtown Fresno jail.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said an officer shot in the face might leave the hospital soon. She said the other officer, who was shot in the head, remains in "very critical" condition.

Vang's court-appointed attorney, Antonio Alvarez, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the public should withhold judgment until more is known.

Vang was released from prison in 2014 after serving 16 years for raping three girls.