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Man pleads not guilty in North Carolina girl’s death

February 27, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The man charged with killing a 3-year-old North Carolina girl last year has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Media outlets reported that 32-year-old Adolphus Earl Kimrey pleaded not guilty Monday in Jacksonville.

The body of Mariah Woods was found in a Pender County creek Dec. 2 after being reported missing Nov. 27. Kimrey was the live-in boyfriend of Mariah’s mother. Kristy Woods said she last saw her daughter when she put her to bed the night before she was reported missing.

District Attorney Ernie Lee plans to seek a death sentence if Kimrey is convicted.

Kimrey was charged Dec. 1 with concealment of death, obstruction of justice, burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property. He was charged Jan. 24 with first-degree murder and child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

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