Convicted drug dealer Ralph O’Neal was arraigned for first-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.
He’s charged with the August 2007 murder of Ronnie Dean Cofer.
Sporting dreadlocks, O’Neal entered the courtroom in handcuffs and dressed in a striped jail uniform.
He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
O’Neal’s legal troubles date back years.
He was indicted on federal drug charges in 2008.