The man accused of kidnapping his sister and causing a day-long standoff with police Monday pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Wade Shannon Alexander, who faces kidnapping, threatening and wanton endangerment charges, appeared by video from the McCracken County Jail before McCracken District Judge Todd Jones.

Alexander asked for a public advocate to be appointed to represent him because he doesn’t have enough money to hire an attorney.

As Alexander is facing felony charges, Jones entered a not guilty plea on Alexander’s behalf. He set a preliminary hearing for next Thursday, at which point he will determine whether probable cause exists that Alexander committed the offenses.

Paducah police blocked off a large portion of a neighborhood off Buckner Lane between 9:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday, eventually apprehending Alexander.

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