An Ohio man suspected of stabbing, suffocating and dismembering his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Media outlets report 25-year-old Matthew Puccio entered the plea on Tuesday in Champaign County court in western Ohio. Puccio was indicted on aggravated murder and other charges in the March death of 21-year-old Jessica Rae Sacco. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.
A couple from Fenton, Mich., and two people from Urbana, Ohio, also are charged in the case. They have entered not guilty pleas. Investigators say they failed to intervene in the killing and helped Puccio cut off or transport limbs to southern Ohio and Kentucky.
The county prosecutor and attorneys for the defendants haven't returned messages seeking comment.