Christian Romero pleads not guilty to murder

The man charged with the fatal stabbing of Dimas Fuentes-Lazo pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Christian Romero, 23, is accused of stabbing 38-year-old Fuentes-Lazo to death in April 2016. According to charging documents, Fuentes-Lazo was stabbed after an argument with Romero outside of a restaurant at 833 Kennedy St., NW. Romero has been charged with second-degree murder while armed.

The case is now expected to head to trial, and a trial date of Feb. 12, 2018 was set.

According to the prosecution, a plea bargain was tentatively offered to Romero when he had a different attorney. Under the advisement of of Judge Lynn Leibovitz, the prosecution plans to create an official plea bargain and place it on the record in a future proceeding.

Romero is expected back in court April 26.


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