The five people accused of murder after authorities found a teenage girl’s body at a North County grass fire Sunday pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.
Four of the five suspects — Jason Adam Greenwell, 20, Frank Jacob York, 19, and Rhonda Maye Wisto, 47, all of Nipomo; and Ty Michael Hill, 28, of Santa Maria — were arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court in the morning.
Cody Lane Miller, 22, of Fresno, pleaded not guilty at a separate afternoon arraignment. All are being held without bail at County Jail.
The preliminary hearing for the defendants was set for Oct. 15. In that hearing, prosecutors will have to show enough evidence to convince a judge that a trial is warranted.
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They are accused of murder after firefighters found the burned remains of a 15-year-old girl from Santa Barbara County shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday off Parkhill Road in a remote area south of Highway 58, about six miles east of Santa Margarita.
Meanwhile, deputies served an additional search warrant at an undisclosed location in Nipomo on Thursday, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn said.
Bryn said authorities wouldn’t disclose the teen’s name because investigators were still trying to contact her out-of-state father.
He also would not release any details about her death, citing that the investigation was ongoing.Autopsy results are pending a toxicology report, which is expected sometime in the coming weeks.
Miller was arraigned separately because he was physically unable to appear in the morning, according to defense attorney Gayle Mueller.
Before his arrest on Tuesday, Miller was treated at a local hospital for injuries that he received at the hands of the other suspects, authorities said.
Staff writer Cynthia Lambert contributed to this report.