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Suspect in missing 10-year-old Iowa girl’s death pleads not guilty

The search for Breasia Terrell has come to an end after Iowa officials announced they had found...
The search for Breasia Terrell has come to an end after Iowa officials announced they had found her remains. In a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, officials with the Davenport Police Department announced the remains found last week near DeWitt were Breasia’s.(Davenport Police Department via KWQC)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 12:30 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man charged in the killing of a 10-year-old girl who was missing for nine months before her remains were found in a DeWitt pond has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Henry Dinkins pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Scott County District Court. He’s accused of kidnapping Breasia Terrell from a Davenport apartment complex in July, fatally shooting her and hiding her body in rural eastern Iowa.

Henry Dinkins, the suspect in the death of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell, had tentatively agreed...
Henry Dinkins, the suspect in the death of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell, had tentatively agreed to serve a lengthy prison term on Illinois drug charges days before he allegedly killed the 10-year-old girl, but was allowed to remain free on bond until a plea hearing.(Clinton County Jail)

Breasia was the half-sister of Dinkins’ son, and investigators say both children were staying the night with him at the apartment where he was living with a girlfriend.

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