Teen Accused Of Arkansas Killing In Court

Teen Accused Of Arkansas Killing In Court

The teen accused of killing an 11-year-old Arkansas girl is expected to face a judge today.
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas teenager accused of killing an 11-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Seventeen-year-old Christopher Sowell pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday. He's due back in court on Oct. 14, and his trial is set to begin on Nov. 12.

Sowell is accused of killing 11-year-old Jessica Williams. Authorities found the girl's body in a ditch near Gosnell last month.

Sowell was previously ordered to be held in jail on $2 million cash bond.

A Mississippi County Sheriff's Department document says Sowell has acknowledged killing Jessica. That document says Sowell said he choked Jessica and pushed her over the side of a bridge.

Sowell's attorney, John Bradley, and prosecutor Scott Ellington declined to comment because a judge has issued a gag order in the case.

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Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
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