A Davenport man, one of three charged in connection with the stabbing and beating death of 29-year-old Romane Nunn Sr., has pleaded not guilty.
Terrell G. Bloch, 45, of Davenport, waived his right to a formal arraignment Thursday and filed his plea through his attorney, Michael Motto Jr., in Scott County District Court.
He has a pretrial conference Oct. 21.
Bloch and co-defendants William E. Crawford, 42, and Durell R. Parks Jr., 34, are charged with first-degree murder and willful injury resulting in serious injury.
Davenport police were called to LeClaire Park at 8:21 p.m. Aug. 18 in response to a stabbing that occurred as scores of people were in the park playing the popular mobile app Pokemon Go.
According to police, the three men approached Nunn in the park and beat and stabbed him.
More than one witness told police that Crawford had a knife in his hand and that Nunn was stabbed in the chest, according to preliminary hearing testimony Aug. 30 from Davenport Police Sgt. Shawn Roth, supervisor of the department's major case unit.
Nunn was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, where he died. Preliminary autopsy results revealed that he died from a wound to his main heart artery, Roth testified.