Stepfather accused of toddler's murder pleads not guilty

A man charged with murdering his 2-year-old stepson 14 years after the boy disappeared has pleaded not guilty.

Tieray Jones was arraigned Tuesday on charges of homicide and felony child abuse causing death. He was ordered held without bail.

His attorney, Peter Will, says Jones has always cooperated with authorities investigating the 2002 disappearance of Jahi Turner. He says Jones looks forward to defending himself.

Jones was arrested in North Carolina about a week ago. Authorities said new evidence led to the arrest, but they have declined to give specifics.

Jones said the boy disappeared from a San Diego playground when Jones went to buy a soda.

The boy's mother was serving aboard a Navy ship at the time. The boy had moved to San Diego from his grandmother's house in Maryland.