2 plead not guilty in case of chef found dead

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Two men have pleaded not guilty to charges in the case of a University of Kentucky chef whose body was found in the Kentucky River more than a month after he disappeared.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1o9qoRk ) reports 29-year-old Robert Markham Taylor and 42-year-old Timothy Ballard appeared by video from jail Thursday for the Fayette County Circuit Court case. Defense lawyers waived formal arraignment and entered not guilty pleas for both.

Taylor is charged with murder, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence. Ballard is charged with kidnapping, tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felon.

They are charged in the case of 32-year-old Alex Johnson, who disappeared Dec. 20.

Police have alleged that Johnson was lured into a vehicle and beaten to death.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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