Suspect in UConn stabbing pleads not guilty

A man accused of stabbing a University of Connecticut football

player to death in October has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Defense attorney Deron Freeman says his client, John Lomax III,

entered the not guilty plea Wednesday in Rockville Superior Court

and waived his right to a probable cause hearing that had been

scheduled for Thursday.

Lomax is charged with stabbing UConn cornerback Jasper Howard

during an Oct. 18 fight outside a school-sanctioned dance.

Freeman says he doesn’t believe the state has the evidence to

show Lomax stabbed anyone. But he says the threshold to bring the

charges is so low that this week’s hearing would have amounted to a

“rubber stamp.”

Freeman says he is not involved in any plea negotiations with

the state and expects the case to go to trial.