Two plead not guilty in Kentucky student’s shooting death

Two men have pleaded not guilty in the death last week of a University of Kentucky student.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 18-year-old Justin D. Smith and 20-year-old Efrain Diaz appeared briefly via video link from jail Monday. Their lawyers entered the not guilty pleas during the appearance.

Smith and Diaz are charged with murder and robbery in the fatal shooting early Friday of 22-year-old Jonathan Krueger, who grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio. Smith is also charged with tampering with evidence.

The coroner’s office said Krueger died of a gunshot wound to the chest. He was photo editor for the UK campus newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Smith told a reporter Friday he didn’t kill Krueger, and Diaz said he was innocent.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled May 7.

Related Articles

Two Metropolis, IL men arrested in connection to shooting in Farley, KY Detectives say the shooting incident stems from a man allegedly not paying for methamphetamine.
Funeral arrangements announced for Daniel Webb Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Chicago White Sox pitcher and Heath High School graduate Daniel Webb, who passed away Saturday. Th...
Local teachers worry as future of state pension system looms Wednesday, Kentucky GOP leaders are will announce their solution to the state’s pension crisis.
Wi-Fi security flaw gives hackers access to your device In a first-of-its-kind warning, some cyber-security experts are urging people to stay off Wi-Fi networks, even the one in your home and at work.