Phoenix man pleads not guilty in stabbing death of roommate

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Mykel Cantrel Cooper By Christina O'Haver Mykel Cantrel Cooper By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- A 23-year-old Phoenix man who was arrested after police helped him out has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of his roommate.
 
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says Mykel Cantrel Cooper entered his plea Tuesday.
 
Cooper is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy.
 
The victim's body was found in his room in their apartment after Cooper told staff at a behavioral health facility that he'd done something bad to his roommate.
 
Police had taken Cooper to the facility after they were called to a restaurant where Cooper said he had no money to pay for his meal. The officers paid for his meal and a tip.
 
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