Indiana man pleads not guilty in killing, kidnapping

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from accusations that he killed another man at his estranged wife's house and then forced her and three children to flee with him.

The Herald Bulletin ( ) reports 26-year-old Mark A. Emerson of Anderson entered his plea Monday during an initial video hearing. He faces a murder charge in the death of 25-year-old Cody Gay of Indianapolis, as well as kidnapping and auto theft charges.

Police in Hermantown, Minnesota, say they arrested Emerson in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart last month. Authorities believe he was trying to flee to Canada, and made his wife and the three kids join.

Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger says Emerson was extradited from Minnesota to Indiana on Monday.

A message seeking comment was left with an attorney listed as representing Emerson.


Information from: The Herald Bulletin,