Man suspected of stabbing death pleads not guilty
YAKIMA, Wash. - A man suspected in a stabbing that led to the death of a 55-year-old man in Yakima has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Police said Michael Ochoa was stabbed in the neck on August 21 at 1116 MacLaren Street in Yakima, leaving him critically injured. Detectives said they believe the victim was stabbed in a dispute over personal property.
Ochoa was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died August 24.
Police said 18-year-old Anthony Mallory was arrested as a suspect on the same week of the stabbing. Officers arrested Mallory at a home at 629 S. 10th Avenue.
Mallory faced a judge Monday in Yakima County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to the crime.
According to court documents, Mallory is charged with second degree murder after the King County Medical Examiner ruled Ochoa's death a homicide due to the stab wound.