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Binghamton student pleads innocent in fatal stabbing

A student at SUNY Binghamton pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder after being accused of fatally stabbing another student in a residence on Sunday night.

A public defender representing Michael Roque, 20, pleaded not guilty Monday to CBS New York.

Roque was accused of stabbing Joao Souza, 19, at Windham Hall around 10:30 p.m., the university wrote in a press release on Monday. Souza was pronounced dead at the Wilson Trauma Center later that night.

Law enforcement officials said Monday that they believe the suspect attacked Souza. "Throughout the investigation it became clear to us that this was not a random act," Timothy Faughnan, head of the university police, told a news conference. "I have to leave it like this for now."

Souza's parents, located in Brazil, were notified of his son's death on Monday morning, said Brian Rose, vice president of student affairs, at the press conference.

All classes on Monday were canceled in response to the incident. Classes are expected to resume today.

Souza's death marks the second time that a Binghamton student has been murdered this semester. Haley Anderson, 22, was strangled to death in March.


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