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Associated Press, Published January 30 2012

Man pleads not guilty to South Sioux City killing; Suspect found in N.D.

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. — A South Sioux City man accused of killing his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Fifty-three-year-old John Baker is charged in the death of 47-year-old Kelly Alspach.

Baker pleaded not guilty on Monday in Dakota County District Court. A judge scheduled a pretrial conference for Feb. 28.

Alspach's body was found on Oct. 21 stuffed in a window seat in their home. An autopsy showed she died from a blow to the head and asphyxia.

Baker was arrested on Oct. 24 at a relative house in Garrison, N.D. He was ordered back to Nebraska in December.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.