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Gainesville man pleads not guilty to grandmother's stabbing death
Woman, 70, died May 2 after attack in her home
Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker

A Gainesville man indicted in June in the death of his grandmother has pleaded not guilty, according to the Hall County district attorney’s office.

Ronnie Quqomeki Rucker, 32, is accused of stabbing Lula Bell Howard, 70, on May 2 at her home. Rucker entered the not guilty plea on Monday, Hall County assistant district attorney Wanda Vance said.

Rucker is charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and two counts of felony murder.

Rucker allegedly stabbed Howard in the back and the chest. She later died of her injuries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center later the same day.

Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver ordered Rucker to be transferred Aug. 12 to stand for Monday’s arraignment. According to the order, he will be returned to the Augusta State Medical Prison.

A calendar call for Rucker is scheduled for Tuesday.

“His case will probably be called, but I don’t expect him to be brought over from the jail,” Vance said.

Rucker is a convicted felon, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections, having recently served time in prison for an aggravated battery conviction. Rucker was released on probation in December.

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