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Suspect pleads not guilty in Walmart stabbing

ALBION — A man charged with fatally stabbing a New York woman during an apparent carjacking attempt in a Walmart parking lot has pleaded not guilty.

Luis Rodriguez-Flamenco was arraigned Wednesday in Albion Town Court on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 45-year-old Kathleen Byham. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was ordered held without bail. The case will now go to a grand jury.

Byham was headed to her car Sunday night after leaving the Walmart about a mile from her Orleans County home when she was repeatedly stabbed.

Authorities used surveillance video and witness statements to arrest Rodriguez-Flamenco later that evening. Sheriff’s investigators say he’s a 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras.

A call to the public defender representing him wasn’t immediately returned.