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California Man Pleads Not Guilty in Killing of Gay Student

Samuel Woodward is charged in the January stabbing death of college sophomore Blaze Bernstein

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    Samuel Woodward leaves a court hearing at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Woodward is charged with the murder of a University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein.

    A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.

    Samuel Woodward entered the plea Friday during a hearing in Santa Ana, California.

    The 21-year-old suspect is now being held without bail.

    Woodward is charged in the January stabbing death of college sophomore Blaze Bernstein.

    Bernstein went missing after going out with Woodward to a park in Lake Forest. His body was later found in a shallow grave in the park.

    Prosecutors have said DNA evidence links Woodward to the crime and his cellphone contained troves of anti-gay, anti-Semitic and white hate group materials.