Nora E. Thomas, 28, speaks to Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland during her arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for the death of 50-year-old Christopher K. Kenney in 2014.

Nora E. Thomas, 28, speaks to Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland during her arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for the death of 50-year-old Christopher K. Kenney in 2014.

Defendant in 2014 homicide pleads not guilty

A 28-year-old woman arrested in connection to a fatal stabbing in 2014 pleaded not guilty through her attorney during her arraignment Tuesday.

Nora Edith Thomas, a former Juneau resident, did not make any statements during her first in-person appearance in Juneau Superior Court as she sat beside her newly appointed attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland.

Judge Philip Pallenberg set a tentative trial date for May.

Thomas was arrested late last month after the Juneau Police Department tied her to the death of her then-boyfriend 50-year-old Christopher K. Kenney. Kenney was found Nov. 29, 2014, with knife injuries inside the Gruening Park apartment in the 1800 block of Northwood Drive that he shared with Thomas. He died later that day at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Members of Kenney’s family, including his mother Florence and brother Rob, sat behind Juneau District Attorney James Scott and remained silent as the defendant entered the courtroom.

Immediately following the arraignment, the Kenney family left the courtroom for a private meeting with Scott.

Thomas’ next scheduled court appearance is in early March.

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