Man de­nies killing gay Penn stu­dent

The Republican Herald - - NATION/ WORLD -

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.

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