BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A former Eastern Maine Community College student pleaded not guilty to murder Friday afternoon in connection to a fatal stabbing that occurred in Bangor earlier this month.

23-year-old Akeem Harris entered the plea during his arraignment at the Penobscot Judicial Center Friday. He's being charged for the murder of 30-year-old Thomas Taylor who died after suffering stab wounds to the chest. According to police, the stabbing happened after an altercation between Harris and Taylor on April 9 outside of the Birch Circle Apartments on Ohio Street in Bangor.

According to Defense Attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, Harris had been staying at his parents since the altercation because theEastern Maine Community College informed him that he would not be welcome back on the campus where he was studying.

"It was never his attention to avoid anything as evidence by the fact that he came back here as quickly as he did," said Silverstein.

Harris was taken into custody after pleading not guilty to the murder charges.

"The court is currently holding him without bail at the state's request and a bail hearing is going to be scheduled sometime probably within the month of May," said Assistant Attorney General, Andrew Benson.

If convicted, Harris faces between 25 years and life in prison.

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