Three men plead not guilty to murder of Daventry man at Northampton flat

Reece Ottaway was stabbed to death in the early hours of February 1.
Reece Ottaway was stabbed to death in the early hours of February 1.

Three of the five men charged with killing a 23-year-old Daventry man pleaded not guilty to his murder today.

Reece Ottaway was stabbed to death during an incident at Northampton's Cordwainer House, Byfield Road, in the early hours of February 1.

The five men charged with his murder appeared at Northampton Crown Court today to enter guilty or not guilty pleas to the killing.

They are Ethan Sterling, 21, of Lumbertubs, Northampton; Jordan Crowley (AKA Jordan Kimpton), 20, of Duston; Alfie Drage, 20, of Upton; Adison Smith, 19, of no fixed address; and Cameron Higgs, 19, of Milton Malsor.

Sterling, Crowley and Drage all pleaded not guilty to murder.

However, the group is also charged with conspiracy to rob Reece of money and drugs between January 30 and February 2 - which Crowley pleaded guilty to.

Drage and Sterling pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to rob.

Smith and Higgs could not be arraigned at today's hearing and will enter their pleas at a later date.

The murder trial is set to start on September 24. All five men were remanded into custody.