HARTFORD — A 39-year-old man charged in connection with a fatal beating at the Manchester Inn Motel waived his right to a probable-cause hearing at a court appearance Thursday.

Benjamin Thibodeau has been charged with felony murder and accessory to murder in the death of Bienvenido Tosado, 47, who died several days after he was found unconscious in a room at the Manchester Inn on March 25.

Thibodeau pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on Thursday and the case was set on the pretrial docket for Oct. 1.

Thibodeau initially told police he was a witness to the beating, according to court documents. On March 27, police arrested Lorenzo Hernandez, 20, on charges of murder, felony murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary in connection with the crime.

According to an arrest warrant for Hernandez, he, Tosado and Thibodeau were drinking and hanging out in Tosado's room when Tosado allegedly grabbed Hernandez' penis. Hernandez told police he lost control after the sexual advance and punched Tosado twice, according to the warrant. Thibodeau told police he saw Hernandez slam Tosado's head against a wall, punch him repeatedly and stomp Tosado's head and chest.

After Hernandez was arrested, he asked investigators why Thibodeau had not been charged, according to the arrest warrant for Thibodeau. Hernandez then told police that Thibodeau also assaulted Tosado and was the one who "finished him off," the warrant states.

Hernandez told police that Thibodeau repeatedly struck Tosado with a chair, punched him and drove his head into the wall, the warrant states. He said Thibodeau beat the victim because he wanted to steal drugs Tosado brought into the room.

Police spoke to two witnesses who told them Thibodeau later admitted involvement in the assault, according to the warrant. Another witness told police she saw Thibodeau after the assault with blood on his clothes.