- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his friend last month has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 22-year-old Matthew Meiner entered his plea Tuesday.

Meiner was arrested Dec. 23 in connection with the death of 21-year-old Matthew McLean, who police say was stabbed more than 70 times with an edged instrument.

Authorities say Meiner remains jailed on $1 million bond on suspicion of one count each of murder and burglary and two counts of theft.

Police say McLean was found dead inside a home and his car and other property were stolen.

Investigators haven’t released a possible motive in the case but a court document stated that Meiner is a suspected drug dealer.

Authorities also say that Meiner and McLean were longtime friends.

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