LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Cody Lucero, the Lake Charles 19-year-old accused in the June murder of 18-year-old Edward Wilkes, pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the case on Monday.
Lucero was indicted earlier this month by a grand jury in 14th Judicial District Court.
Lake Charles authorities said the murder happened at an apartment complex on Iris Street.
Lucero was later arrested in Kinder.
Both Lucero and Wilkes reportedly lived at the complex.
Lucero is set for a pre-trial conference on Dec. 16.