Stepfather accused of toddler's murder pleads not guilty

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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 7:04 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered his infant stepson 14 years ago.

Tieray Jones was arraigned Tuesday on charges of homicide and felony child abuse causing death. He was ordered held without bail.

His attorney, Peter Will, says Jones has always cooperated with authorities investigating the 2002 disappearance of Jahi Turner. He says Jones looks forward to defending himself.

Jones was arrested in North Carolina about a week ago. Authorities said new evidence led to the arrest, but they have declined to give specifics.

Jones said the boy disappeared from a San Diego playground when Jones went to buy a soda.

The boy's mother was serving aboard a Navy ship at the time. The boy had moved to San Diego from his grandmother's house in Maryland.