A Lexington man who was indicted on a murder charge in the April slaying of his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.
Edward Marquise Stokley, 34, appeared Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court for a formal arraignment on a murder charge, three counts of wanton endangerment and charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and a persistent felony offender.
Lexington police say Stokley shot Lavena Gibson, 25, multiple times April 29 as she sat in her car, parked at a house on Bishop Drive. An 8-month-old baby was in the car at the time but was not hurt, according to court records.
Officers found Gibson lying in the grass when they arrived at the house. She later died at University of Kentucky Hospital.
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A pretrial conference in Stokley's case is scheduled for July 23. A status hearing will take place Aug. 7.