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posted: 12/5/2012 9:46 AM

Not-guilty plea made in Indiana freezer body case

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KOKOMO, Ind. -- A judge has entered a not-guilty plea for a central Indiana man charged with killing a homeless man whose decomposing body was found in an unplugged freezer.

A Howard County judge also set a March trial date for 52-year-old Walter Logan of Kokomo during a hearing Wednesday. A court staffer says a public defender for Logan wasn't immediately appointed.

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Court documents say Logan told investigators that he duct-taped 29-year-old Alex Shipp's nose and mouth and put Shipp's body in his basement freezer after he died. Kokomo police say investigators found Shipp's body Sunday, a day after his mother reported he was missing.

Investigators in the city about 40 miles north of Indianapolis say the men fought after drinking, taking drugs and having sex.

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