Man pleads not guilty to murder of 15-year-old girl
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
The man charged with murdering a 15-year-old girl pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
Police arrested 23-year-old Gerardo Rodriguez last week. They say he strangled Stacy Duke in a south Bakersfield garage.
The charge comes with a special circumstance, as the Kern County District Attorney's Office believes the murder was committed in the commission of a rape or attempted rape. Rodriguez would be eligible for the death penalty if convicted because of the special circumstance.