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MURDER CASE: Not Guilty Plea Entered

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The man accused of killing a Des Moines woman earlier this year says he’s not guilty in the case.

Forty-two-year-old Lavelle McKinley entered his plea Thursday. His first degree murder trial has been scheduled for April 24th.

McKinley is accused in the death of 47-year-old Cynthia Rouse.

Rouse was found dead in her Des Moines home on 21st Street in January. Authorities haven’t released the cause of her death but say there was trauma to her body.