Man charged in 1971 murder of 1-year-old pleads not guilty - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man charged in 1971 murder of 1-year-old pleads not guilty

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man charged in a 42-year-old homicide case faced a judge Wednesday.

Last month, 65-year-old Lawrence Beck was indicted for the 1971 murder of 1-year-old Michael Sanders in Louisville.

Beck was arrested in California and extradited to Louisville to face charges. He pleaded "not guilty" to one count of murder during a court appearance in Louisville.

Prosecutors say Beck was the boyfriend of Sander's mother at the time of child's death, and eventually married the victim's mother.

"I know this is a very emotional time, an emotional thing that happened to their family back in 1971, and those emotions have not died," said assistant commonwealth's attorney Diane Arnold. "So, at this point, I think it is dredging up a lot of old feelings."

Beck is behind held on a $500,000 full cash bond.

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