Man Pleads Innocent in Cabbie Killing

[Spoilers] By DAN RICE, Staff Writer
The 21-year-old man accused of killing a taxicab driver during a robbery on June July 14 pleaded innocent during a court hearing Friday.

Jonathan Beiderbeck, 21, is charged with stabbing 53-year-old Michael Belknap to death after robbing him in an Eagle Cab taxi.

He faces one count each of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree vehicle theft as well as two counts each of tampering with physical evidence in connection with allegations that he tried to cover up the crime.

In a separate case, Beiderbeck is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary as well as one count each of second-degree theft and third-degree criminal mischief.

Those charges stem from accusations that Beiderbeck of broke into the Northland Aviation Building one week before the slaying and stole more than $500 worth of high-quality kitchen knives from a storehouse. One of the Cutco knives is the suspected murder weapon.

Beiderbeck was arraigned on all the charges in front of Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger during a hearing Friday. He made no statements and a public defender entered not guilty pleas to all charges for him.

A trial in the murder case is scheduled to start Oct. 6. Beiderbeck is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on both cases in lieu of $260,000 bail plus a court-approved, third-party custodian. [/Spoilers]

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