Carlos Antonio Taylor of Nicholasville pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the Jan. 25 fatal shooting of Carlos Gudoy, 24, of Georgetown.
Taylor, 18, appeared in Fayette Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for an arraignment. He is accused of shooting Gudoy in the abdomen outside Larkin Apartments in Lexington. Police have said the shooting occurred during a drug deal. Taylor is scheduled to return to court for a status hearing May 7.
Public defender Tom Griffiths, who is representing Taylor, said "We believe Mr. Taylor will be vindicated at trial."