Suspect in model's death pleads not guilty, trial in May

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2018 8:02 AM

Photo by (Montgomery County District Attorney's Office via AP)

FILE - This combination of undated photos provided by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in Norristown, Pa., shows Jonathan Wesley Harris, of Johnstown, Pa. Harris is accused of strangling Christina Carlin-Kraft in one of Philadelphia's affluent suburbs.

(Philadelphia) -- A man accused of strangling a model in one of Philadelphia's affluent suburbs has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Jonathan Harris appeared in a Montgomery County courtroom on Friday over the August killing of Christina Carlin-Kraft.

Prosecutors reportedly won't seek the death penalty.

Officials have said Carlin-Kraft took a ride-hailing service to Philadelphia, met 31-year-old Harris and the two later returned to her Ardmore apartment.

Carlin-Kraft's body was found in her bloodstained bedroom that evening.

A detective testified in October that Harris told him he intended to sell Carlin-Kraft cocaine, but she refused to pay and a fight ensued.

Harris's trial is scheduled for May 6.

His attorney, Charles Peruto Jr., says he won't comment.

Carlin-Kraft's modeling profile lists photo shoots for Vanity Fair, Victoria's Secret, Playboy and Maxim.

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