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Ex-Boyfriend Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Ballerina College Student



21-year-old Steven Pieper has pleaded not guilty in Clay Town Court to charges of second degree murder, in connection with the death of 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn Watson.

The Liverpool man, and ex-boyfriend of Watson, was arraigned just after 7:30 Saturday evening in front of Clay Town Justice Brian Lauri. Pieper did not have anything to say, but did answer routine questions from the judge.

Judge Lauri also read the court document to Pieper, which says that he intentionally caused the death of Jenni-Lyn Watson by a manner that has yet to be determined. It goes on to say that Pieper removed Watson's body from the family's home along Donegal Way in Clay and then transported and dumped her remains in the Clay Central Park.

Pieper, dressed in a track suit, showed no remorse during the court proceedings.

Investigators say the body of Jenni-Lyn was found around 10:30 Saturday morning in a heavily wooded area near the park, just 350 yards from Wetzel Road. They say her body was covered by grass and other vegetation and would not have been visible to passers-by. The remains have been transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's office and an autopsy will be performed Sunday to determine the cause of death.

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