- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A judge entered a not guilty plea Wednesday for a teenager charged with murder in the death of a 73-year-old man in a suburban Indianapolis neighborhood.

Maxwell Winkler, 17, of Fishers is charged as an adult in the killing of Henry Kim, who was found shot three times with his throat cut Saturday in a subdivision near Geist Reservoir where both he and Winkler lived. Authorities say Kim was out for an evening walk when he was attacked.

Winkler, a student at Hamilton Southeastern High School, is being held without bond. Hamilton Superior Court Judge William Hughes, who entered the not guilty plea for the teen, set trial for April 7.

Investigators have not revealed a motive. Fishers police arrested Winkler on Tuesday.

The teen appeared calm and attentive as he sat inside the courtroom with his parents looking on. His attorney, Jim Voyles, did not return a message seeking comment after the hearing.

Those who knew Kim remembered him fondly. Longtime friend Charles Chae described Kim as a fun-loving man who loved to sing and golf.

“He’s not an aggressive man,” Chae said.

He said Kim walked to control his diabetes.

Gina Bardach, who attended high school with Kim’s son, attended Winkler’s hearing. She said she was trying to make sense of what happened.

“You don’t know. Everything goes through your mind,” she said. “So, how dangerous of a person was this? We’re just waiting to hear like everybody else. It’s very bizarre.”

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reported that Winkler’s father is Anderson Economic Development Director Greg Winkler.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families affected by this tragedy,” Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said in a statement. “Greg is a loving father.”

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