- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in connection with the death of a housemate.

Frederick Pinney was held without bail after entering his plea Tuesday during his arraignment in Springfield District Court.

The 45-year-old Pinney was arrested Monday and charged in connection with the death last month of 29-year-old TayClair Moore.

Police responded to the home they shared on March 23 after getting a call from another resident who said he was Moore’s boyfriend.

An autopsy determined that Moore had been strangled.

Police did not disclose a possible motive for the slaying.

A man who identified himself as Pinney’s son told The Republican that his father is innocent.

The death is the first homicide of the year in Springfield, which had 19 last year.

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