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Suspect Enters Not Guilty Plea In Death Of Sampson Woman

Posted December 7, 2004

— A man charged with killing a young mother and dumping her body along Interstate 40 pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Derrick Canaday is accused of beating Merritt Ennis and dumping her on I-40 in Sampson County.

Ennis was then hit by a vehicle, possibly Canaday's truck. She was reported missing back in May when she did not return from a concert at Alltel Pavilion.

Prosecutors also announced they will not seek the death penalty.

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