Man pleads not guilty in 1976 Columbia slaying

Becky Doisy

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A 65-year-old Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to killing a former University of Missouri student who disappeared in 1976.

Johnny Wright pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Monday afternoon at a brief arraignment hearing in Boone County Circuit Court. Wright had been indicted Friday.

The Lawrenceville, Ga., man was arrested in late September, more than two decades after he was charged in the death of 23-year-old waitress Rebecca Doisy. The woman disappeared in August 1976, and her body has never been found.

Wright declined to comment Monday as he left court.