Entries in Not Guilty Plea (4)


James 'Whitey' Bulger Pleads Not Guilty to 19 Counts of Murder

WCVB-TV BOSTON(BOSTON) --  At his arraignment Wednesday, James "Whitey" Bulger entered a plea of not guilty to 19 counts of murder and other crimes.

Prosecutors told Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in a Federal District Court they expect the trial to run about four weeks, calling 30 to 40 witnesses.  J.W. Carney, Bulger's court-appointed attorney, anticipates the trial may run even longer.

"It is not unusual for a murder case to take two to three years to get to trial … this man has been charged with 19 murders," Carney said outside the Federal Courthouse Wednesday.

During the proceedings, which lasted 20 minutes, Bulger, 81, stood up and clearly said, "not guilty" to all the charges against him.

A status hearing has been set for Sept. 14.  

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Jaycee Dugard's Alleged Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- Phillip Garrido now says he's not guilty in the alleged kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 years old.  Prosecutors maintain Garrido fathered Dugard's two children during the two decades they say she was his captive.

This development stunned the courtroom in Placerville, California Thursday after it was widely reported that Garrido would plead guilty.

He and his wife, Nancy Garrido, are accused of abducting Dugard from her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991 and keeping her prisoner until investigators discovered the alleged victim's whereabouts last summer.

Garrido's wife is separately awaiting her own trial, unless she gets a better deal from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Dugard, now 30, has already said she would testify against Phillip and Nancy Garrido if the case went to trial.

The next hearing for the two suspects is scheduled in May, with a trial set for the Garridos on August 1.

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Jared Loughner Pleads Not Guilty to 49 Charges, Including Murder

Pima County Sheriff's Departmen(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Jared Loughner, accused of opening fire on a Tucson, Ariz., crowd in January, killing six people and wounding 13 others including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 49 charges, including murder.

Wearing a tan prison jumpsuit and a large grin, Loughner, 22, only said, "Yes, it is," when a federal judge asked him if his name was correctly entered in the court record.

Wearing the same smirk he had in the mug shot taken after his arrest, Loughner still had his head shaved but had grown a wispy beard.

Thirteen people were wounded and another six people, including a nine-year-old girl, were killed Jan. 8 at an event Giffords, D-Ariz., was hosting outside a Tucson grocery store.

Inside the courtroom were several victims and family members, including a wheelchair-bound Suzie Heilman. Heilman was injured at the shooting at the store, where she brought a neighbor girl, nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was fatally shot.

Loughner was arraigned on 49 new federal charges that included the murders of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman.

He was charged with causing the deaths of four other people, causing injury and death to participants at a federally provided activity, and using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

Loughner previously pleaded not guilty to earlier charges that he tried to assassinate Giffords and kill two of her aides.

The college student also likely will face state charges in Arizona following a federal trial.

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Confessed Kidnapper in 23-Yr-Old Carlina White Case Pleads Not Guilty

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ann Pettway, accused of kidnapping Carlina White from a hospital 23 years ago and raising the girl as her own daughter, pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.

Pettway responded "yes sir" when a federal judge in a New York courtroom asked if she was pleading not guilty to kidnapping. Pettway is accused of impersonating a nurse and taking Carlina White from Harlem Hospital in 1987 when White was just 19 days old.

The not-guilty plea was a surprise since Pettway previously had confessed to police.

When Pettway turned herself in to authorities in January, she admitted to stealing White from Harlem Hospital and told federal agents she was "truly sorry," according to court documents.

Pettway said at the time she stole the baby only after a series of miscarriages and the realization she would not be able to conceive, according to the criminal complaint against her.

Despite being raised by Pettway, White became suspicious of the woman who raised her and took her concerns to the authorities.

When Pettway could not produce White's birth certificate, the young woman began searching missing person websites and eventually contacted the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Authorities checked her DNA against her birth parents and realized she was their missing daughter.

White's birth mother Joy White and biological sister Lisa White were in court Thursday to see Pettway arraigned.

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