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Neighbor Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Death of Missing 11-Year-Old Girl Found in Comforter

Andreas Erazo is charged with murder, felony murder, three counts of aggravated sexual assault and two weapons offenses

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    What to Know

    • Abbiegail Smith was reported missing from her NJ apartment complex on July 12

    • Her body was found the next morning wrapped in a comforter not far away

    • A neighbor, Andreas Erazo, is accused of stabbing her to death and binding her with a computer cord

    An 18-year-old New Jersey man charged with sexually assaulting and killing his 11-year-old neighbor has pleaded not guilty.

    Andreas Erazo entered the plea Monday during a brief court hearing.

    Erazo is charged in the death of Abbiegail Smith. She was reported missing July 12, and her body was found the next morning wrapped in a comforter near the apartment building where both lived in Keansburg.

    Monmouth County prosecutors have said Erazo admitted stabbing the girl and binding her with a computer cord. But a public defender representing him has disputed those claims.

    Erazo is charged with murder, felony murder, three counts of aggravated sexual assault and two weapons offenses. He faces a possible sentence of life with no chance for parole if he's convicted.

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