Suspect in dragging case pleads not guilty

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- A man accused of dragging an Arizona State University student to her death entered a not guilty plea Thursday.

Maricopa County Superior Court says the next court appearance for 20-year-old Joseluis Marquez is Feb. 10.

Bond is set at $1 million for Marquez on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Kyleigh Sousa.

The 21-year-old Sousa was outside a Tempe restaurant in the early morning hours of May 26 when a man approached her and grabbed her purse. Police say the man jumped into a car and took off, dragging Sousa, who was tangled up in the purse's strap.

Police say Marquez is believed to have been the driver of the rental car involved. Sousa was kept on life support until her family arrived from New Jersey.