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Phoenix stabbing suspect pleads not guilty

PHOENIX -- A man accused of fatally stabbing another employee at a downtown Phoenix restaurant last month has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 23-year-old Javier Alonzo Romero entered his plea Thursday. His initial pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 23.

Romero was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Police said Romero tried to grab the gun of a police officer while being treated later at a hospital for cuts to his arm.

Romero is accused of attacking another kitchen worker at the Tilted Kilt on Nov. 25.

He and 26-year-old Miguel Angel Hernandez were stocking inventory before the restaurant opened that day.

The motive for the stabbing remains unclear.

Authorities said Hernandez was declared dead at the scene.

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