University of Akron student pleads not guilty to stabbing friend to death

AKRON, Ohio --Against the objections of prosecutors bond has been dropped to $600 thousand for a 22-year-old University of Akron student charged with murder in the stabbing death of his fraternity brother and roommate.

Kendal Scheid appeared Before Judge Michael Weigand in Akron Municipal Court for a video arraignment early Tuesday on an amended charge of murder following the death of Duncan Unternaher.

Prosecutor said Unternaher was stabbed in the chest at their Grant Street apartment during an argument between the two roommates early Saturday.

Police say the argument was over fast food they had just bought. Unternaher was pronounced dead at 5:55pm Monday.

Scheid appeared in court on a charge of felonious assault on Monday. His bond had been set by Weigand at $1 million.

Facing the more serious charge of murder on Tuesday, his attorney Donald Malarcik, entered pleas of not guilty to each of the charges and appealed for the bond to be lowered.

"Kendall is 22-years-old. He has no prior criminal record at all, has no juvenile record, has no disciplinary history at school has never been suspended has never been expelled," explained Malarcik.

Malarcik suggested that if Scheid is released on bond he could live with his parents in Norwalk.

"Not to get into the facts of the case too much, I think it is important for the court to know that immediately after this accident happened Kendall had (another roommate) call 9-1-1. When paramedics and police arrived Kendall was in the bathroom administering first aid to Duncan trying to keep him safe and keep him alive," Malarcik told the judge, adding "he cooperated fully with law enforcement and told them everything that had happened here."

The attorney asked for bond to be reduced to $500 thousand. Prosecutors opposed the request.

Weigant, however, agreed to reduce the bond to $600 thousand, requiring Sheid to post ten-percent plus court costs for his release and required that if Sheid is released he would have to wear GPS and would be under "maximum supervision."

Unternaher was a senior marketing major at the University of Akron.

Both men were members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity where a vigil was held late Monday to remember Unternaher.

"Duncan was special. Duncan had a way of just lighting up a room and it was before you even knew him that he did it to you. Duncan didnt know strangers," Chapter President Tim Griffiths told Fox 8 News on Monday.

Griffiths says he was in the same pledge class for the fraternity as Unternaher. He spent time at the hospital with the victim's family.

"They appear to be very strong but I couldn't imagine the pain that they are going through with the loss of any life but let alone the life of Duncan," said Griffiths.

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