Glendale man pleads not guilty to fatally beating stepfather

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Heath Allen McConkey. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Heath Allen McConkey. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Heath Allen McConkey. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Heath Allen McConkey. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
GLENDALE, AZ (AP) -

A Glendale man accused of fatally beating his wheelchair-bound stepfather earlier this month has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 46-year-old Heath McConkey entered his plea Thursday. His initial pretrial conference is scheduled for Sept. 11.

McConkey was arrested July 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder.

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Court records show that McConkey's 72-year-old stepdad was a disabled veteran.

Glendale police were called to the home by McConkey's mother. She called 911 after finding the two men on the floor in a pool of blood.

Police say McConkey was mad at his stepfather, pulled him out of bed and punched and kicked him until passing out.

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McConkey's mother told police her son has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, but refuses to take his daily medication.

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