SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A man charged with raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother after a carjacking at an upstate New York mall pleaded not guilty Friday to rape and murder charges.
David Renz, shackled at the waist and wrists, stood quietly as his attorney Kenneth Moynihan entered the plea in county court. Moynihan declined to comment after the brief court appearance, local media outlets reported.
According to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, Renz forced the woman and her daughter into their car at gunpoint after they had left a suburban mall at about 8:30 p.m. March 14. Authorities say he made the woman drive to a remote area of the parking lot, bound their wrists with cable ties and then raped the girl.
Renz, 29, was later trying to use the cable ties to bind the woman to a headrest in her car, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said this week. She fought back and shouted for the girl, whose hands were still tied, to bolt from the car. Officials say that's when Renz strangled and stabbed the woman to death. He was arrested a short time later.
The Associated Press generally doesn't publish information that could identify potential sex crime victims and isn't naming the slain woman to protect the girl's identity.
Renz was arrested in January on federal child pornography charges and had been required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet as a condition for his release from jail. But Renz had managed to remove and quickly reassemble the electronic bracelet so monitors didn't immediately realize he'd taken it off, according to authorities.
Fitzpatrick said some child porn Renz possessed included scenes similar to the attack on the mother and child.
Renz, who lived in Cicero, has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.