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Second suspect in connection to March homicide in Jacobs neighborhood pleads not guilty

In court on Wednesday, Wilson was arraigned on facilitation to murder charges. Her bond is set at $500,000.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The woman arrested in connection with a March homicide pleaded not guilty. 

Rickenya Wilson, 25, was arrested and charged in connection with the March 28 death of Richard Bell Jr. on Monday.

In court on Wednesday, Wilson was arraigned on facilitation to murder charges. 

Officials say she pleaded not guilty in court, and her bond is set at $500,000. 

She was ordered to have no contact with complaining witnesses, no use of alcohol, no possession of firearms or other weapons, officials added.

According to arrest records, police say Wilson conspired with 26-year-old Deion Griffey to rob Bell. They state Bell’s girlfriend told Wilson that Bell sold marijuana. Wilson then allegedly got Bell’s phone number and passed it on to Griffey.

Police said both had planned to set up Bell to rob him.

In their investigation, they said Griffey had contacted Bell and the two agreed to meet. Wilson had stayed in the car while Griffey, who was allegedly armed with a handgun, met with Bell.

Sometime during that meeting in the 3600 block of Parthenia Avenue, police said Griffey shot Bell in the head, causing his death.

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Rickenya Wilson

Both Griffey and Wilson fled the scene.

Griffey was taken into custody on Nov. 22 and is facing murder and robbery charges.

Wilson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 8.

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