An April trial has been scheduled for a 42-year-old man charged with killing his former roommate in Des Moines.
The Des Moines Register says Lavelle McKinley pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of first-degree murder. The trial is set to begin on April 24.
The body of 47-year-old Cynthia Rouse was found by her husband in her apartment on Jan. 14. Police say McKinley lived with Rouse briefly before her husband returned from a work-release program.
Authorities have not released a cause of death.
McKinley remains in the Polk County Jail.