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Man Accused of Killing Woman on Chico State Campus Pleads Not Guilty

A man accused of killing a woman on Chico State's campus pleaded not guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Posted: Dec. 21, 2018 11:39 AM
Updated: Dec. 21, 2018 1:35 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A man accused of killing a woman on Chico State's campus pleaded not guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Samuel Johnson pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder chargesThursday. 

He is accused of beating Linda Blacksten to death.

Her body was found just before dawn outside Kendall Hall Oct. 30.

Prosecutors say she was kicked in the head, had broken ribs and a broken neck. They also say that both Johnson and Blacksten were homeless. 

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January. 

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