PHOENIX — A 27-year-old Arizona man has pleaded not guilty in the fatal
stabbing of his 12-year-old half-brother.
Andrew Ward was arrested March 12 after calling 911 from a convenience store
near his family’s north Phoenix home. That’s where police found Austin Tapia with multiple
Police said when asked why he killed the boy, Ward said, “Honestly, I just felt
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman said Ward entered his plea Thursday.
Ward is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated assault.