2nd man pleads not guilty in Stradivarius theft

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 1:04 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to robbery charges stemming from the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee two months ago.

Online court records say 36-year-old Universal K. Allah entered the plea Wednesday morning.

Allah and Salah (suh-LAH') Salahadyn (suh-LAH'-ha-deen) are charged with felony robbery in the case. Salahadyn pleaded not guilty last month.

Prosecutors in Allah's case handed over about 20 CDs worth of evidence Wednesday. Allah's public defender, Paul Ksicinski (chuh-CHIN'-skee), says he can't comment until he's had a chance to look through all the material.

A criminal complaint says Allah provided the stun gun used to attack and rob a violin concertmaster. The complaint says Salahadyn had been plotting to steal a Stradivarius.

Police recovered the 300-year-old violin in good condition.

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