Teenager accused of 2018 murder pleads not guilty

July 12, 2019 Noah Goldberg
The Sumner Houses. Image via Google Maps
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A Brooklyn teenager accused of murdering a man in the victim’s Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment in 2018 pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges Friday.

Lamique Haynie allegedly shot Theodore Smith in the head and heart on Nov. 12, 2018, killing him in his Sumner Houses home, according to a criminal complaint filed in June. Haynie pleaded not guilty to the murder charge on Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court in front of Judge Vincent Del Giudice.

The defendant was not arrested until seven months after the killing, when he got into a fight with a cab driver who thought he was trying to rob him, according to the New York Daily News.

Haynie was allegedly caught on surveillance video immediately before and after Smith was shot, and witnesses claim he was the killer, according to the complaint.

Haynie lived in another building at the Sumner Houses, just a short walk away. He is represented by The Legal Aid Society lawyer Michael Rooney.

His next court date is September 27.

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