Sunday, August 1, 2004

Man accused of kidnapping 4 step-grandkids pleads innocent

The Associated Press

MIAMISBURG - A convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping his four step-grandchildren pleaded innocent to charges of kidnapping and failing to register as a sex offender.

Wayne McMurtrey, 51, was being held Saturday at the Montgomery County Jail on $1 million bond.

Authorities said McMurtrey disappeared with his stepson's four children - ages 10, 6, 4, and 2 - on July 25.

The children's disappearance triggered Ohio's first statewide Amber Alert. They were found Monday in Columbus, and police said they did not believe the children were harmed.

McMurtrey was expected to have a preliminary hearing Thursday.

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