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Accused serial killer appears in Nevada court, staying behind bars

Posted at 8:55 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 03:05:36-05

UPDATE NOV. 20: An accused serial killer stood before a judge in Reno on Tuesday. Nicole Valdes from our sister station in Reno has the latest. Watch the full report in the media player above.

RENO (AP) -- A 73-year-old auto dealer from Arizona is expected to plead not guilty in Reno in the cold-case killing of a California woman more than 40 years ago.

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Defense attorney David Houston said Monday he intends on Tuesday to challenge DNA evidence that prosecutors say leads to Charles Gary Sullivan.

He was arrested in August in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Sullivan is accused of killing 20-year-old Julia Woodward, of San Rafael, California.

She was last seen in February 1979 in San Francisco on her way to the Lake Tahoe area.

Her bludgeoned body was found in March 1979 off a remote hiking and biking trail outside Reno.

Authorities say DNA evidence found on Woodward’s clothing led to Sullivan, who was convicted of a 2007 sex attack on a woman in California’s Nevada County.