Missouri man pleads not guilty in sex slaying of daughter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually attacked and suffocated his daughter, a high school honors student, at a motel.

Forty-year-old Jerry Bausby entered the not-guilty plea last week in Jackson County on charges of first-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse in the March death of 18-year-old Daizsa Laye Bausby.

Authorities say Daizsa Bausby’s body was found March 22 in a Kansas City motel room. A medical examiner concluded the teenager died of asphyxia by smothering.

Police say Bausby denied having sexual contact with his daughter, and that lab tests completed last month show genetic material swabbed from Jerry Bausby’s body matched the victim’s DNA.

Bausby remains jailed on $750,000 cash bond.