ROCHESTER, Minn. – A not guilty plea has been entered to charges in an apparent fight over cigarettes.
25-year-old Sharif Abbas Elkarib of Rochester is pleading not guilty to 3rd degree and 5th degree assault. He was arrested on July 19 after police say Elkarib gave another man a bloody lip, a knocked out tooth and a possibly fractured jaw.
Police say Elkarib knew his alleged victim and the beating grew out of a disagreement over cigarettes.
His trial is now set for January 9.