PUTNAM, N.Y. — A teen accused of killing his 15-year-old friend in an upstate New York home that he then set on fire has pleaded not guilty.
The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that Adrian Sawyer, 16, was sent to jail without bail after being arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree arson.
Sawyer is accused of killing Maverick Bowman in a home owned by the victim’s family in Putnam Station near the Vermont border. The newspaper reports that officials said they had argued about a girl.
Police are waiting until an autopsy is completed to determine an official cause of death. Authorities say a machete was found at the scene.
Some of Sawyer’s relatives were weeping in county court when he was brought in wearing handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit.
Sawyer’s lawyer had no comment.