Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in woman's death

Posted at: 10/17/2012 8:57 AM
By: The Associated Press

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TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) - A Tucumcari man charged with killing a woman whose remains were found in rural Quay County has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Frank Keller entered the plea to an open count of murder earlier this week. Kimberly Draman had been reported missing on Sept. 13.

Her remains were found earlier this month about 12 miles northeast of Tucumcari. The Clovis News Journal reports that Keller told authorities that he hit Kimberly Draman in the head with a car jack and then accidentally backed over her with her car.

Keller also faces charges of tampering with evidence and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Authorities say he had been driving Draman's car when he was arrested Sept. 18 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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