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Man accused of beating and strangling elderly woman pleads not guilty

Johnny Hopkins, the man accused of beating and strangling a 67-year-old woman to death in DTLV back in April, pleads not guilty. (Faith Jessie | KSNV)

The man accused of beating and strangling a 67-year-old woman to death near downtown Las Vegas in April pleaded not guilty.

Johnny Hopkins and his attorney faced a judge Thursday morning where Hopkins waived his right to a speedy trial.

The 50-year-old was arrested back in April in connection with the beating death of 67-year-old Connelley Lang.

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Police discovered Lang’s body at an apartment complex on the 1300 block of H Street. Her official causes of death were blunt head trauma and strangulation.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says their investigation revealed that Hopkins was at the apartment earlier that morning. They believed he beat Lang, stole her TV, and tried to sell it.

Hopkins faces open murder and robbery charges, both considered felonies.

He is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center on no bail.

A committee will decide next Monday if this should be a death penalty case.

Hopkins is expected to be back in court on July 20.

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