Suspect accused of fatally stabbing Nelson Co. teen in the neck - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Suspect accused of fatally stabbing Nelson Co. teen in the neck pleads not guilty

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A teen accused of killing another teen in Nelson County, Kentucky, by stabbing him in the neck appeared in court today for the first time.

Family members flooded the courtroom in support of the victim.

There were also a few people there in support of the suspect, 18-year-old Alexander Roberts. Roberts was lead into court wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, charged with murder and tampering with evidence. He's accused of killing 18-year-old Rasheed Wickliffe by stabbing him in the neck.

Wickliffe was found in front of a Bloomfield post office in Nelson County, Kentucky, Dec. 1. Police haven't said what kind of weapon was used, but they say it's a case of a drug deal turned violent.

Wickliffe's family and friends packed one side of the courtroom wearing buttons to show their support. They say he was a good son, who worked hard and loved to play football. The victim's family also says they're placing their faith in God during this trying time.

"I'm just tore up," said Richard Wickliffe, the victim's father. "It's just hard for me to even talk about it. I just usually go to a corner of our house alone and think about it. I want to be there for my wife and support her."

Roberts remains in the Nelson County Jail. A not guilty plea was entered for him today.

Attorneys argued that because DNA processing is so backed up in Kentucky, they need more time before the trial starts.

Roberts won't be back in court until June.

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