A Murray man charged with the stabbing death of Jessie Anthony Roybal, 31, has pleaded not guilty to the killing.
Russell Michael Ontiveros, 36, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with Roybal's death on Dec. 27. He entered his not-guilty plea Monday before 3rd District Judge Dennis Frederick.Ontiveros is accused of stabbing Roybal during an altercation over the use of a phone by Ontiveros' stepson at Roybal's apartment, 474 N. 1300 West. A neighbor witnessed a shouting match between the two men outside the apartment. The men bumped chests several times and then one of them pulled something out of his coat and lunged at the other person, court documents state.
Ontiveros was ordered to stand trial on the charges on April 2.