Suspect arraigned in Missouri teen's death

3 years 4 months 3 days ago Tuesday, August 12 2014 Aug 12, 2014 Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:32:00 AM CDT August 12, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

OZARK (AP) -- A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty in last week's fatal stabbing of southwest Missouri high school student.

KOLR-TV reports Jesus Padilla, of Nixa, was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Padilla's court appearance came one day after hundreds of people attended a vigil for 15-year-old Joey Phillips-Clay, also of Nixa.

Phillips-Clay was stabbed in the throat last Thursday at a Nixa apartment complex. Investigators and family members said it happened when Phillips-Clay tried to step in as his half brother was arguing with Padilla.

Phillips-Clay would have started his sophomore year at Nixa High School this week.

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