- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - A 40-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges that he bludgeoned an acquaintance to death, put his body in a 55-gallon barrel and left it outside Sonoma City Hall.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1Eh9yrU ) a blood-stained barrel covered with a plastic tarp was discovered in front of city hall in California wine country. Sheriff’s officials have not disclosed a possible motive.

Prosecutors charged Christopher McNatt in March with 64-year-old Ronald Sauvageau’s killing. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 17.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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