16-Year-Old Indicted in Deadly Stabbing at Suburban New York Theater

A teenager accused of a deadly stabbing at a suburban New York movie theater has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. says 16-year-old Michael Pettiford was arraigned Monday after his indictment in the death of 19-year-old theater worker Daij Thomas.

The violence occurred around 12:30 a.m. on April 15 at the Showcase Cinema de Lux at the upscale Ridge Hill mall in Yonkers.

Police said the two teens knew each other.

Authorities say the attacker approached Thomas in the lobby, tried to get him to fight and grabbed his phone. Thomas was stabbed in the chest during a struggle over the phone.

Pettiford's attorney, Judith Permutt, declined to comment.

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