TEMPE, AZ — Fabian Durazo, the 20-year-old man accused of killing a pregnant Lyft driver on January 27, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first degree murder, armed robbery and auto theft, according to a representative from Maricopa County Superior Court.
Police say Howato was in her third trimester of pregnancy when she received a pickup request from Durazo in west Tempe.
Her baby was also lost during the incident.
According to police, Durazo allegedly stabbed Howato and stole her SUV.
He drove Howato's stolen SUV to Quartzsite, about 25 miles from the Arizona-California line, and Durazo was taken into custody four days after the alleged murder.
Durazo's Initial Pretrial Conference will be on March 22.