Arizona man pleads not guilty to killing real estate agent

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Alfredo Blanco (Source: Mohave County Sheriff's Office) Alfredo Blanco (Source: Mohave County Sheriff's Office)
Sidney Cranston Jr. had been missing for 19 months before his body was found buried on a ranch east of Kingman on Jan. 7. (Source: FBI.gov) Sidney Cranston Jr. had been missing for 19 months before his body was found buried on a ranch east of Kingman on Jan. 7. (Source: FBI.gov)
KINGMAN, AZ (AP) -

An Arizona man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of a real estate agent.

Al Blanco, a 61-year-old handyman and property manager, was arrested earlier this month in the death of his boss, 40-year-old real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr. Cranston was missing for 19 months before his body was found buried on a ranch east of Kingman on Jan. 7.

Authorities say a man who has known Blanco for many years eventually led FBI agents to Cranston's body. They believe Blanco shot and killed Cranston inside his home in June 2015.

[RELATED: Remains found near Kingman could be man missing since 2015 (Jan. 10, 2017)

[ORIGINAL STORY: Search underway for missing AZ realtor]

Prosecutors told the judge Thursday that they're not sure if they will seek the death penalty or pursue life in prison.

Blanco's next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.

PDF: FBI 'suspicious disappearance' poster for Sidney Cranston Jr.

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