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    Suspect in slaying pleads not guilty

    Galareka Harrison, the UA student accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing of her roommate, was arraigned yesterday at the Pima County Justice Court.

    Roger Duncan, Pima County Superior Court hearing officer, entered a plea of not guilty on Harrison’s behalf, according to reports by The Associated Press.

    Harrison, 18, is being held at Pima County Jail and appeared at the arraignment via video feed.

    Assistant public defender John O’Brien was appointed to represent Harrison. Her bond is currently set at $50,000.

    A motion to increase the bond to $1 million, due to Harrison’s flight risk, is scheduled for Oct. 2, though it may be rescheduled to an earlier date.

    Harrison was arrested and charged Sept. 5 with first-degree murder for the death of her roommate, 18-year-old Mia Henderson.

    Early morning Sept. 5 both girls were transported to University Medical Center for injuries. Henderson was pronounced dead on arrival. Harrison was arrested and charged with first-degree murder later that day.

    Both women were members of the Navajo Nation of Arizona. They both lived in Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall as part of the dorm’s O’odham Ki living-learning community.

    The community is part of the First-Year Scholars Program, coordinated by the Native American Student Affairs Office to help Native American students transition into the UA.

    – The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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