PHOENIX — A 25-year-old Phoenix man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his roommate.

Cooper had been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Mykel Cooper also pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and that Judge Danielle Viola set sentencing for Nov. 9.

The victim’s body was found in his room in their apartment after Cooper told staff at a behavioral health facility that he’d done something bad to his roommate.

Police had taken Cooper to the facility after they were called to a restaurant where Cooper said he had no money to pay for his meal. The officers paid for his meal and a tip.

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