- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A Mercer County teenager has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery in connection with the April slaying of a 17-year-old boy.

News outlets report that the 16-year-old defendant appeared in Mercer Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter the plea about three months after Tristan Cole’s death.

The Harrodsburg teenager was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds the night of April 13 in a rural part of Mercer County.

Two other teenagers, 18-year-old Zachary Lay and 18-year-old Meagan Sims, have both been charged with tampering with physical evidence in the case. Both also entered not guilty pleas Tuesday.

Mercer County Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms says the 16-year-old defendant is being held in a juvenile facility. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles charged with crimes.

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