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Man Accused of Stabbing Children in Brooklyn Elevator Pleads Not Guilty

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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Fellow band members played in tribute to their friend, Tanaya Copeland, who was brutally stabbed more than 30 times on her way home. Copeland was buried Wednesday. Meanwhile, a man charged in the stabbing death of a 6-year-old boy and thought to be involved in Copeland's death, spoke in court. Gus Rosendale reports.

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Fellow band members played in tribute to their friend, Tanaya Copeland, who was brutally stabbed more than 30 times on her way home. Copeland was buried Wednesday. Meanwhile, a man charged in the stabbing death of a 6-year-old boy and thought to be involved in Copeland's death, spoke in court. Gus Rosendale reports.

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A man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring a 7-year-old girl in a Brooklyn public housing building elevator has pleaded not guilty.

Daniel St. Hubert pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons possession in connection with the June 1 attack.

Prince Joshua Avitto was stabbed to death; his best friend, Mikayla Capers, left the hospital a few weeks ago.

The district attorney's office provided a statement Wednesday that St. Hubert made to police officers shortly he was taken into custody.

He allegedly said, "Satan has powers and controls things," and then added, "I think I need a lawyer," according to The New York Times.

Defense lawyer Edward Friedman says he's considering a psychiatric defense.

St. Hubert is due back in court on Aug. 8.

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