Man accused of drowning 6-year-old nephew in Wash. pleads not guilty to murder charge
The 19-year-old accused in the drowning death of his 6-year-old nephew in Lynnwood, Washington pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge on Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Andrew Henckel killed his 6-year-old nephew, Dayvid Pakko, who had autism.
Henckel was visiting from his home state of Texas when he allegedly told detectives he drowned the first-grader in the family's bathtub last month.
“We are trying really hard just to remember Dayvid's life, ‘cause that's what's getting us through it,” said Devon Pakko-Lee, Dayvid’s cousin.
Family members say Dayvid was a beloved little boy who loved to smile, laugh and play with friends and family.
Henckel waved his right to a speedy trial.