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Trial of Phoenix man accused of killing boy set for 2016

PHOENIX — A March 2016 trial date has been set for a Phoenix man charged
with fatally stabbing his 12-year-old half-brother.

Authorities said 27-year-old Andrew Ward killed Austin Tapia on March 12 and
explained his motive by saying, “Honestly, I just felt like killing.”

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Ward pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Tapia’s death.

While in a Maricopa County jail, Ward was charged with first-degree murder in
the April 2 death of his cellmate.

Investigators said Ward used a golf pencil to stab 33-year-old Douglas Walker in
the eyes, beat him and forced a plastic bag and peanut butter sandwich down
Walker’s throat.

Ward has pleaded not guilty in Walker’s death.

No trial date has been set in that case.


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