Stamford teen pleads not guilty in fatal stabbing over spilled coffee

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STAMFORD — A 15-year-old Stamford boy has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with a fatal stabbing that police say began as a fight over spilled coffee.

The Advocate newspaper reports that Marquest Hall was accompanied by his mother in Stamford Superior Court when he entered his plea Thursday.

The hearing came 10 weeks after police say Guatemala-native Antonio Muralles was fatally stabbed in the heart after bumping into Hall and spilling coffee on him outside a McDonald’s in Stamford.

Police say witnesses told them Hall and co-defendant James McLamb were hanging out in front of the restaurant looking for a fight before they attacked Muralles. McLamb also has pleaded not guilty.james mclamb

Hall’s attorney says a forensic psychiatrist is helping with his defense.

Hall’s next court appearance is July 24.