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Buffalo Co. homicide suspect pleads not guilty

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Alma, Wis. - (WXOW) - The man accused of killing a Nelson, Wisconsin woman and hiding her body back in 2017 entered a plea of not guilty Friday.

Randall Merrick, 48, appeared before Buffalo County Judge Joseph Boles.

Back in June, Merrick was arrested on charges of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Beth Johnson.

She was last seen on Christmas Day 2016. Her remains were found in a Twin Cities suburb last month.

At Friday's preliminary hearing, Merrick pleaded not guilty to homicide as well as a felony charge of hiding a corpse.

His next court appearance is scheduled for September 28.

He's jailed on a $1 million cash bond.

Roger Staffaroni

Assignment Editor

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