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2016 trial set for Phoenix man in boy's death

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PHOENIX (AP) - A March 2016 trial date has been set for a Phoenix man charged with fatally stabbing his 12-year-old half-brother.

Authorities say 27-year-old Andrew Ward killed Austin Tapia on March 12 and explained his motive by saying, "Honestly, I just felt like killing."

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Ward pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Tapia's death.

While in a Maricopa County jail, Ward was charged with first-degree murder in the April 2 death of his cellmate.

Investigators say Ward used a golf pencil to stab 33-year-old Douglas Walker in the eyes, beat him and forced a plastic bag and peanut butter sandwich down Walker's throat.

Ward has pleaded not guilty in Walker's death.

No trial date has been set in that case.

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