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Teenager Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Death of Benton City Man

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BENTON COUNTY, WA. - An 18-year-old man pleads not guilty to first degree murder charges in the stabbing death of a Benton City man.

On Wednesday a Benton County judge set Noah Matlack's omnibus for October 31st and scheduled his trial date for November 18th.

No bail has been set yet but prosecutors plan to recommend $1 million.

Matlack is charged with first degree murder, accused of murdering Michael Edwards on September 8th in Benton City. An autopsy revealed Edwards was stabbed multiple times and his throat had been cut.

Court documents show that Matlack told investigators Edwards owed him $2500 and that Matlack planned to kill Edwards if he didn't pay up.

Police in Stanfield, Oregon found the Matlack and a second suspect, 19-year-old Noel Anthony Gonzalez, trying to sell some rare coins at a truck stop and arrested them when they learned the coins belonged to Edwards.

The two were arrested and booked into the Umatilla County Jail. They have since been transferred to the Benton County Jail.
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