EDGEWATER, N.J. — The son of a former New York City Hall aide pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the death of a teenager who was stabbed in New Jersey during an apparent armed robbery attempt.
Khari Noerdlinger, 19, has been charged with one count each of aggravated manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and hindering apprehension, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
He is being held on $500,000 bail with no 10 percent option.
Noerdlinger's mother, Rachel Noerdlinger, resigned in 2014 from her post as chief of staff to Chirlane McCray after a string of damaging disclosures about her personal life, including Khari's arrest on misdemeanor trespassing charges and the revelation that her live-in boyfriend had pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he was a teen and served time in prison for the crime.
Rachel Noerdlinger was not in the courtroom for her son's arraignment Tuesday but was seen coming out of the courthouse where he went before a judge. She had no comment.
Prosecutors said Khari Noerdlinger was in the 200 block of Old River Road about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when he was confronted by a group of four males and a woman trying to mug him.
Officials said the group was armed, but did not say what weapons they were carrying.
A fight ensued and during the melee Noerdlinger allegedly stabbed the deceased, who has been described as a juvenile male and identified by prosecutors only as "S.L"
S.L. was taken to a hospital -- which alerted police to the teen's injuries -- and he died from his wounds several hours later, prosecutors said. His death has been ruled a homicide and blamed on a stab wound to his right femoral artery, according to the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office.
After S.L. was stabbed, prosecutors allege, Noerdlinger "and others" tried to remove evidence from the scene.
In addition to Noerdlinger, officers arrested three men and a woman, pictured below, on suspicion of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, prosecutors said.
Those suspects have been identified as: Mirleny Tremols, 33; Kevensky Lubin, 18; Richard Jean-Pierre, 18; and Calim Gaspard, 23.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.