A Lexington man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Fayette Circuit Court to an upgraded charge of murder after a stabbing victim died Monday.
Rio Brown, 19, had been charged with first-degree assault in the stabbing of a man Thursday night on Lombardy Drive. Christopher Brogli, 20, was taken to University of Kentucky hospital with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead Monday night.
Initial reports were of a brawl involving as many as 12 people, but Sherelle Roberts, spokeswoman for Lexington police, said Brogli was the only person taken to the hospital.
Roberts said she could not comment on a motive for the fight but that the two men appeared to have had an ongoing disagreement.
During the arraignment, Brown's attorney, Tucker Richardson, asked Judge Julie Goodman to set Brown's bond at 10 percent of $100,000.
Goodman refused and set a $100,000 full cash bond.
After the hearing, Richardson said it was too early to tell about possible defenses for Brown; Richardson had only recently been hired as his attorney.
"We're going to put our faith in God and the judicial system to have a fair resolution," he said.
Brown is scheduled to go back to court Thursday.