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Reno couple pleads not guilty to murder of 5-year-old

Posted at 7:56 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 10:56:32-04

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno couple has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death last year of the man's 5-year-old, malnourished daughter whose emaciated body was discovered in a California storage unit.

Tyler and Averyauna Anderson entered the pleas at their arraignment Tuesday before Washoe County District Judge Kathleen Drakulich, who set their trial for April 6, 2020.

Police say Tyler Anderson's daughter, Cali, was dead in an unkempt Reno apartment for a week before he rented a U-Haul truck last May, placed the child's body in a duffel bag and stashed it in a rental unit in Sacramento.

They're being held without bail in the Washoe County Jail on charges of open murder, child neglect and destroying evidence. They earlier waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

The judge set hearings on pre-trial motions for next January.