Judge enters 'not guilty' plea for teen in man's death

PHOENIX - A judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a 16-year-old Glendale girl who police say strangled a man during an apparent sex act.

Prosecutors have charged Jessica Burlew as an adult with second-degree murder.

Jason Ash was found dead Jan. 18. Police say the 43-year-old man was found on a bed with an electrical cord around his neck.

Authorities say the girl told investigators he died during "consensual strangulation" and that the pair often engaged in such acts.

The not guilty plea was entered Wednesday. Another hearing is set for March.

 

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