A northern New Jersey man charged with killing a high school cheerleader over an iPhone has pleaded not guilty to murder and other crimes.
Andre Fields appeared Wednesday in state Superior Court in Newark. The 31-year-old Irvington resident is charged with killing 17-year-old Cheyanne Bond on June 29.
Bond is also from Irvington.
Prosecutors say Fields and another person approached Bond and a friend while they were walking on a street in Newark and attempted to rob the pair of the iPhone. Bond and the unidentified friend were both shot, but the friend survived.
Bond had recently graduated from high school, where she was a cheerleader, and attended prom, friends said. Relatives said she was scheduled to begin college in September and wanted to be a nurse.
Fields has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, conspiracy and weapons offenses and is being held on $1 million bail. The second suspect is at large.