Hog Wild Saloon murder suspect pleads not guilty during hearing in Blountville

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BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL) — The Tri-Cities teen accused of murder after a shooting inside a Kingsport bar told a judge today he’s not guilty of the crime.

William Newkirk entered the plea during a hearing today in Blountville.

Newkirk was 16 years-old when Kingsport police say he shot and killed Brett Rodgers inside Hog Wild Saloon last March.  Police arrested him the next day as he got off a school bus.

Newkirk, now 17-years-old is also is charged with attempted first degree murder related to the Hog Wild shooting investigation.

Newkirk lived in Bristol, Virginia at the time. He’s now being housed in a jail for adults outside the Tri-Cities.

Over the summer, judge transferred Newkirk’s case to adult court.

Newkirk’s next hearing is set for January 31st.

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