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Man pleads not guilty to discarding human remains in Arizona

Walter Harold Mitchell was arraigned Wednesday in Yavapai County Superior Court. His attorney waived a formal reading of the indictment, which charges Mitchell with 29 counts of concealing or abandoning a dead body. Photo via AP.
Posted at 1:26 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 15:26:06-05

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of discarding human remains in remote areas of central Arizona has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Walter Harold Mitchell was arraigned Wednesday in Yavapai County Superior Court. His attorney waived a formal reading of the indictment, which charges Mitchell with 29 counts of concealing or abandoning a dead body.

Authorities say they tied Mitchell to the body parts that included legs, arms and heads through tags and medical gauze that were found with the remains outside Prescott in late December. Authorities say Mitchell moved to Arizona from Washington state last year and had a business that managed cadavers for research.