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Ohio man pleads not guilty in neighbor beheading

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed and beheaded his neighbor in a mobile home park.

William Perry of North Canton entered his plea Thursday in Stark County Common Pleas Court, telling the judge in response to a question that he understood he faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Two days earlier, the 41-year-old Perry was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder and other charges.

Judge Lee Sinclair set a June trial date.

Perry is accused in the death of 34-year-old Brett Smith, who was found decapitated by another neighbor on Oct. 4. Authorities say Smith died of asphyxiation.

Perry has been jailed since Oct. 7, after investigators said he damaged the electric meter box on Smith's home.

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