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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ian MacDonald pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Scottsdale bouncer. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ian MacDonald pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Scottsdale bouncer.
(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) MacDonald's most recent mug shot. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) MacDonald's most recent mug shot.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A 26-year-old Tempe man pleaded not guilty Monday morning to a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death a Scottsdale nightclub bouncer during a fight in the bar's parking lot.

Ian MacDonald stated his name and date of birth before a plea was entered on his behalf Monday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court and is scheduled to next appear April 8.

MacDonald and his girlfriend Samantha King were arrested by Scottsdale police Feb. 6 in connection with Tyrice Thompson's murder at Martini Ranch in Old Town Scottsdale.

Hours before the Jan. 27 stabbing, photos of MacDonald and King at Martini Ranch were posted on MacDonald's Facebook page.

MacDonald admitted that he was involved in a fight but denied stabbing the 27-year-old Thompson, police said. [RELATED: Former ASU football player taken off life support]

Thompson was a father and former football player at Arizona State University. Thompson played tight end and receiver for the Sun Devils from 2003 to 2007. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts, but didn't play in an NFL game.

Police said he was stabbed five times in the hip, back and arm and was taken off life support by his family Feb. 16.

MacDonald was initially released pending further investigation and results of lab analysis of evidence collected from him and evidence at the scene.

Detectives later said they received an anonymous tip stating MacDonald admitted to stabbing the bouncer and hiding the knife in his boxers. The tipster said MacDonald threw the knife in a Dumpster in Mesa, according to a court document.

King, was arrested on suspicion of assault and hindering prosecution.

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