Man pleads not guilty in slaying

A man charged in a Greenwood slaying has pleaded not guilty.

Marcus Hardy, 29, 8248 Spyglass Drive, Indianapolis, was charged with murder in the death of Douglas Lane, 20, of Bargersville.

During a hearing Monday, Hardy entered a plea of not guilty, and a jury trial was set for Jan. 12. He remains in the Johnson County jail without bond.

If convicted, Hardy could be sentenced to between 45 and 65 years in prison, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said. Hardy could have his prison time reduced for good behavior, but only by 25 percent off his initial sentence, Cooper said. For example, if Hardy is sentenced to 60 years in prison, he could be released for good behavior after serving 45 years.

Lane was shot and killed Aug. 28 at the Park Greenwood apartment complex off U.S. 31, near Fry Road.

Police said Lane wanted to purchase 1 pound of marijuana from Hardy for $3,200. Instead, when Hardy arrived at the apartment, he robbed Lane. Lane was shot during the robbery, police said.