Man denies killing gay Penn student
A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Friday to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.
Samuel Woodward, a 21- year- old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court. Bail was previously set at $ 5 million, but Judge Kimberly Menninger ordered Woodward held without bail at prosecutors’ request, saying she believed he would be a danger to the community if released. Woodward is charged in the January stabbing death of 19- year- old college sophomore Blaze Bernstein.
Bernstein, who was gay and Jewish, went missing after he went out with Woodward to a park in Lake Forest, California. His body was found days later buried at the park in a shallow grave.