STOW, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of killing her 21-year-old roommate last month in northeast Ohio has pleaded not guilty in her death.
Authorities found Michelle Johnson’s body beneath blankets in a backyard shed in Stow (stoh) near the duplex where Roxanne Lee Buck rented a room from Johnson’s mother.
Police arrested the 44-year-old Buck on March 20 and charged her with murder and evidence tampering in Johnson’s death.
Buck’s attorney Scott Rilley (RY’-lee) says his client pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday. He says a pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 23.
An autopsy showed Johnson suffered sharp-force neck injuries.
Police have said they found Johnson’s blood on items in Buck’s car, and the motive for the killing is unclear.