Man pleads innocent in Fairbanks cab driver killing

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) A 21-year-man has pleaded innocent to the stabbing death of a Fairbanks taxicab driver last month.

Jonathan Beiderbeck entered his plea yesterday during a court hearing.

He is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the June 14 death of 53-year-old Michael Belknap. Beiderbeck also is charged with vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.

In a separate case, Beiderbeck is charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. In that case, Beiderbeck is accused of breaking into the Northland Aviation Building one week before the slaying and stealing more than $500 worth of kitchen knives.

One of the knives is the suspected murder weapon.

Beiderbeck has pleaded innocent of all the charges.

A trial in the murder case is scheduled to begin Oct. 6. Beiderbeck is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $260,000 bail.

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