Ohio woman pleads not guilty in roommate's death

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STOW, Ohio (AP) -- A woman accused of killing her 21-year-old roommate last month in northeast Ohio has pleaded not guilty in her death.

Authorities found Michelle Johnson's body beneath blankets in a backyard shed in Stow (stoh) near the duplex where Roxanne Lee Buck rented a room from Johnson's mother.

Police arrested the 44-year-old Buck on March 20 and charged her with murder and evidence tampering in Johnson's death.

Buck's attorney Scott Rilley (RY'-lee) says his client pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday. He says a pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 23.

An autopsy showed Johnson suffered sharp-force neck injuries.

Police have said they found Johnson's blood on items in Buck's car, and the motive for the killing is unclear.