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Phoenix man pleads not guilty in killing of little brother

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
stab wounds.

Police said when asked why he killed the boy, Ward said, “Honestly, I just felt
like killing.”

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman said Ward entered his plea Thursday.

Ward is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated assault.


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