Two men have pleaded not guilty to murdering a 24-year-old man in Hertfordshire in July.
Mikel Cela, 22, of Mountway Close in Welwyn Garden City and Amariloo Brami, 22, of Walnut Grove also in Welwyn Garden City, are accused of stabbing to death Darren Leonard at a flat on Northfield in Hatfield on Wednesday 11 July 2012. .
They appeared at St Albans Crown Court, where they both denied murder and conspiracy to rob. Both men were remanded in custody by Judge Stephen Gullick for a trial due to start on 7 January next year
A man is due to appear in court this morning (Saturday 21 July) charged with the murder of a 24-year-old man in Hatfield in Hertfordshire.
Mikel Cela, from Welwyn Garden City, is accused of murdering Darren Leonard at a flat in Northfield on Wednesday 11 July. He is due at Hatfield Remand Court this morning, where he will also face a charge of conspiracy to rob.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ross of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said he believed that more than one person was involved, and appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.
A 24-year-old man who died after he was found seriously injured at a house in Hertfordshire had been stabbed, police said.
Darren Leonard was discovered at 11.30pm on Wednesday after police were called to reports of a disturbance at an address in the Northfield area of Hatfield.
Ambulance crews were also called to the property and Mr Leonard was taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but died shortly afterwards.
A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said a post-mortem examination carried out on Thursday afternoon revealed he died as a result of stab wounds.
We are determined to catch the people who killed Darren and will leave no stone unturned in order to find them.
We are keen to speak to anyone who has information about this incident. If you saw anything unusual on Wednesday evening through into the early hours of Thursday morning in that area, please get in touch with the Operation Bulrush team by calling 101."
– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit
The force spokeswoman said a significant murder inquiry is under way. Police have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the Northfield area and monitoring CCTV footage from local cameras, among other lines of investigation.