Authorities found Michelle Johnson's body beneath blankets in a backyard shed in Stow

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STOW -- A woman accused of killing her 21-year-old roommate last month in Stow has pleaded not guilty in her death.

Authorities found Michelle Johnson's body March 15 beneath blankets in a backyard shed in Stow near the duplex where Roxanne Lee Buck, 44, rented a room from Johnson's mother.

Police arrested the 44-year-old Buck on March 20 and charged her with murder and evidence tampering in Johnson's death.

Buck's attorney Scott Rilley says his client pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.

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He says a pretrial hearing is scheduled for April 23. An autopsy showed Johnson, 21, suffered sharp-force neck injuries.

Police have said they found Johnson's blood on items in Buck's car, and the motive for the killing is unclear.

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