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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City teenager accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and a friend has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Public defender Jennifer Solberg filed the written plea in Woodbury County District Court on behalf of Tran Walker late Tuesday afternoon. A trial date has yet to be set.

Walker, 18, is accused of stabbing Paiten Sullivan, 17, and Felipe Negron Jr., 18, several times on Jan. 28.

According to court documents, Walker began stabbing Sullivan while they were in a vehicle at Jay Avenue and South Cecelia Street. Police believe Negron, a mutual friend, was driving before he was fatally stabbed while trying to protect Sullivan.

Walker told police he wanted Sullivan "to feel the pain he was feeling" since she had broken up with him, court documents said.

Negron and Sullivan, both of Sioux City, were transported from the scene and later pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center.

Walker was found about an hour later at the Hy-Vee store at Gordon Plaza after bystanders reported an injured man at the store.

Walker remains in the Woodbury County Jail on a $1 million bond. If found guilty as charged, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

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