A Casper man has denied his role in an apparent burglary and stabbing last month.

26-year-old Zacharia Johnson pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated burglary in Natrona County District Court on Friday.

Johnson is one of the suspects in the stabbing of a Casper man on March 4 – the other suspect, 31-year-old Robert Simmons of Mills, is currently being held at the Natrona County Detention Center on similar charges after crashing his car into the North Platte River on March 6.

Prosecutors allege Johnson was invited into the apartment of Robert Masterson on March 4. After being invited in, prosecutors say Johnson then grabbed Masterson and stabbed him several times in the neck, torso, leg and stomach.

Johnson is being held on $50,000 bond and awaiting trial. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the aggravated burglary charge and up to 25 years in prison on the aggravated assault charge.