MADISON — Following a grand jury indictment on one count of second-degree murder, Brian Lee King was in court Tuesday, Sept. 25, to enter his plea to the charge.
“I plead not guilty,” King told Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson.
King, 39, remains in jail awaiting trial.
His indictment comes after King got into a fight with Roy “Cheesy” Gilliam, 23, on the roadway in the Jeffrey-Spencer area of Boone County in the early morning hours of Feb. 22, 2012, and allegedly stabbing him to death.
King is apparently claiming self-defense saying the fight was “over a woman” and that Gillam attacked him.
According to a criminal complaint, King had been in the car with Gillam’s girlfriend, Lori Stevenson, and Gillam found them. A fight broke out, and he was stabbed once in the chest.
Police testified that King admitted to the altercation with Gillam. He also later admitted to having a knife and striking Gillam once in the chest with it.
King, however, told police he was “in fear for his life.”
Stevenson has said that she was just giving King a ride to get a cell phone.
The judge set a pre-trail date of Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 9:30 a.m. for the trial.