Joseph Elledge
Joseph Elledge

Elledge pleads not guilty to murdering missing wife

(AP) — A Missouri man whose wife has not been seen since October has pleaded not guilty to killing her.

Joseph Elledge pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday in the death of 28-year-old Mengqi Ji Elledge, a Chinese woman who prosecutors believe is dead although her body has not been found.

Elledge appeared via video at Tuesday’s hearing and waived his formal arraignment. The defense requested a continuance of case and a status update is set for June 26.

Elledge also pleaded not guilty in March to domestic assault and child abuse charges related to the couple’s young daughter.

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