Clifton Sapp

Clifton Sapp

The man accused of stabbing the kitchen manager of a downtown men’s homeless shelter took an automatic not-guilty plea Thursday afternoon.

Clifton D. Sapp, 39, of Frankfort, was arrested outside the ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter Tuesday morning, a couple of hours after allegedly killing 56-year-old Robin Jones, of Frankfort.

Sapp was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Franklin District Court for a single count of murder, a capital offense. According to court officials, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 17 and Sapp's bond was set at $1 million.

In district court, a not guilty plea is entered automatically for all felony charges. A preliminary hearing is used to determine whether there is probable cause for the charges. A defendant can also waive the hearing and send the case directly to the grand jury.

According to court documents, witnesses told Frankfort Police that Sapp stabbed Jones inside the shelter before dragging her outside. Another witness said Sapp stood over Jones outside with a knife in his hand.

Police records indicate a man walked into the police department, located just across the street, at 9:33 a.m. Tuesday and said there was a stabbing taking place at the shelter.

Police and EMS responded to the scene, but Jones was pronounced dead at 10:09 a.m., according to Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, but final results will not be available for several weeks.

Sapp was arrested at 11:42 a.m. Tuesday and charged with a single count of murder, a capital offense.

Frankfort Police Sgt. Ryan Belcher said Sapp had lived in Frankfort for most of the year. He said Sapp and Jones were acquaintances through the shelter, but he was not sure how close the relationship was.

According to the shelter, Jones had volunteered and worked at the shelter and soup kitchen for about a decade. For the last five years or so, she worked as the kitchen manager and coordinated volunteers.

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