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Suspect In T.G.I. Friday’s Cook Murder Pleads Not Guilty

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(Photo Credit: BSO) Luke Chamberlain

(Photo Credit: BSO) Luke Chamberlain

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The man charged in the murder of a T.G.I.F. chef in Pembroke Pines plead not guilty in court Monday.

Luke Chamberlain, 33, is charged with first degree murder in the death of Antoine Gracius.

Gracius was killed April 14th at 1:30 a.m. when he was stabbed several times during an attack outside the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant on 90 N. University Drive. The father of nine children, who worked as a chef for about five years, was leaving work for the night when his attacker grabbed a gold chain from his neck and drove off in a dark-colored mini-van.

Surveillance video showed Gracius walking out of the restaurant and shortly thereafter banging on the door and staggering. He was rushed to the hospital but died as a result of his injuries.

Chamberlain was arrested after a DNA match was made with blood left at the scene, police said.

Family members said Gracius moved to the U.S. from Haiti nine years ago and sent money to his wife and nine children back in Haiti.

Chamberlain is being held without bond.

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