Woman charged with second-degree murder pleads not guilty

Taylor Stoughton

A woman charged with the murder in the death of Ariel Starcher, whose body was found last year in rural Buchanan County, pleaded not guilty to the charge in court on Thursday.

Taylor Stoughton appeared in Judge Dan Kellogg’s courtroom by video to enter the plea. More time was requested to gather more discovery evidence before the next court date.

Stoughton’s trial setting is scheduled for Aug. 8.

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