Man pleads not guilty in son's death

March 11, 2004 at 7:42 PM
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NEW LONDON, Conn., March 11 (UPI) -- A Connecticut man pleaded innocent Thursday to killing his 2-year-old son, whose dismembered remains were found in a suitcase late last year.

Allen James, 38, also waived the right for his attorneys to cross examine witnesses at his evidentiary hearing in New London, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday.

Waterford police, who arrested James in late December, said he confessed to fatally beating Alquan White in 2000. He allegedly later mutilated the child's body and stored his remains inside a suitcase for years in his New London, Conn., home.

Public defender Bruce Sturman told the court his client understood he could face the death penalty if convicted.

The judge set the next hearing for March 25. James is jailed under $1.25 million bail.

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