LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Terrell Rhodes, the man accused of killing 2-year-old Amari Nicholson, appeared in Clark County District Court Wednesday morning and entered a “not guilty’ plea.
Prosecutors are weighing whether the state will seek the death penalty in this case.
Rhodes, 27, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the toddler’s death as well as two counts of attempted murder after he took an officer’s weapon in an interrogation room. He also faces four counts of assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and four counts of resisting a police officer with the use of a firearm.
Rhodes was denied bail during his first court appearance on May 12. His arraignment has been pushed back several times. 8 News Now was told that he was in quarantine, which is why he had not been in a courtroom.
The Las Vegas toddler went missing on May 5. For days, Rhodes claimed he was taken by an unknown family member. Nearly a week later, he confessed to abusing and killing the 2-year-old child after he urinated on himself. Rhodes then hid the body, according to his arrest report first obtained by the I-Team.
Amari’s body was located on May 12 near the 400 block of East Twain Avenue, just south of the long-term stay complex where he last seen.