Arizona man, Al Blanco, pleads not guilty in death of Kingman real estate agent Sidney Cranston, Jr.

Posted at 1:04 PM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 15:04:57-05

An Arizona man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of a real estate agent.

Al Blanco, a 61-year-old handyman and property manager, was arrested earlier this month in the death of his boss, 40-year-old real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr. Cranston was missing for 19 months before his body was found buried on a ranch east of Kingman on Jan. 7.

Authorities say a man who has known Blanco for many years eventually led FBI agents to Cranston's body. They believe Blanco shot and killed Cranston inside his home in June 2015.

Prosecutors told the judge Thursday that they're not sure if they will seek the death penalty or pursue life in prison.

Blanco's next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.