John Gardner Pleads Not Guilty to Rape, Murder of Chelsea King
John Albert Gardner III Pleads Not Guilty
John Albert Gardner III pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the rape and murder of Chelsea King, whose body was likely found on Tuesday near Lake Hodges in California.
John Gardner is a registered sex offender and he now faces one count of murder with an allegation that it was committed along with rape, and this means that prosecutors could seek the death penalty. He is also facing charges in the December 27th 2009 assault on a female jogger in the same area where Chelsea King went missing last week.
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KTLA News reports that Gardner will remain in custody as no bail was requested. When the judge asked if Gardner understood about the charges and his plea of not guilty he simply replied 'yes.' A preliminary hearing has been set for March 18th.
Sheriff William Gore commented that the body has not been confirmed to be Chelsea King, but it most likely is the missing teenager.
"While the body has not been positively identified, there is a strong likelihood that we have found Chelsea,"
Candlelight Vigil Held for Chelsea King
Thousands attended a candlelight vigil for Chelsea King on Tuesday night where her parents Brent and Kelly King spoke about how Chelsea was their angel and now she's their angel forever.
"One of the nicknames that I've always called my daughter is my Angel. She's my angel forever,"