Man pleads not guilty in 1986 North Vegas slaying

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Updated: 1/07 11:57 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 62-year-old registered sex offender pleaded not guilty to murder, sex assault and other charges in the long-unsolved rape and slaying of a 7-year-old North Las Vegas girl.

A judge on Monday set a May 2015 trial date for Jasper Everett Goddard in the November 1986 death of April Marie Rhodes.

Goddard was arrested in July in Ozark, Mo., after he was linked to the girl's slaying through DNA evidence collected for a Missouri sex offender registry.

He was indicted in Las Vegas in December.

Police say Goddard lived in 1986 in a North Las Vegas apartment near the girl's family, and not far from a storage room where the girl's body was found.

Investigators believe she was abducted at night, raped and beaten to death with a cinder block.

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