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Man Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Death of His Cousin

Ahkeem Johnson, 27, died Tuesday from multiple stab wounds suffered in his Long Beach apartment Tuesday.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A Lake Elsinore man pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from his cousin's stabbing death at an apartment building in Long Beach.

Bryant Keith Underwood, 29, is charged in the killing of Ahkeem Johnson, 27, who died Tuesday from multiple stab wounds suffered in his apartment unit in the 2000 block of Locust Avenue.

Underwood was arrested near the scene and booked on suspicion of murder, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Police were sent to the scene based on 911 calls about strange noises coming from Johnson's apartment, according to prosecutors.

Underwood remains jailed on just over $1 million bail.

He is due back in court in Long Beach April 17.

If convicted as charged, he faces up to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney's office.

--City News Service


mike b April 10, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Your honor, he kept falling on the knife and falling on the knife.
karyss April 12, 2014 at 01:06 AM
How in the world can you poke fun at this?? Ahkeem was an amazing person. Killed with his 2 babies in the other room (1 & 3 years old). He loved them with every ounce of his being, and now they will NEVER know their dad. Mike B - You are a sick, sick man.
Kayla Johnson April 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Rest in peace to my big brother !! I love you and miss you !! And if anybody got some funny shit to say like mike b y'all not making yourself known so y'all can get y'all ass whooped !!

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