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The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16 waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.
Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death. First-degree murder is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison. Graeter is also charged with tampering with evidence.
According to court testimony, Graeter allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana from Snider.
According to the testimony, Graeter gave Snider a $50 bill and expected to receive a quantity of marijuana and some change in return. However, Snider simply drove off with the money.
Police testimony also alleged that Snider returned to the Food Court later the same afternoon to meet other people.
At that time, according to Kentucky State Police Detective Mike Carnahan, Graeter used a pocketknife to stab Snider in the abdomen during a scuffle between the two.
Graeter's next court appearance is set for April 22 at 9 a.m., when he will appear in Anderson Circuit Court for a pretrial conference. Until then, he remains in the Woodford County Detention Center, with his bond set at $100,000.
However, Graeter's attorney, identified by a sheriff's deputy as Jerry Wright, indicated he planned to request bond reduction at a later date.