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2 Plead Not Guilty In Connection With Worcester Missing Man Case

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WORCESTER (AP) — Two people have pleaded not guilty in the disappearance of an autistic Worcester teenager prosecutors say was assaulted with a knife and his car stolen.

Nineteen-year-old James Howze of Providence, R.I., was ordered held on $1 million bail Monday in Westborough District Court on charges of assault and battery with a knife and car theft.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Twenty-two-year-old Lara Cori of Westborough — who sometimes spells her name Corey — was held without bail after her arraignment in Worcester Superior Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, armed assault with intent to murder and car theft.

Nineteen-year-old Joseph Webster was reported missing March 14. A prosecutor said blood and a shovel were found at a Northborough motel where the suspects were seen, and Howze later tried to sell Webster’s car in Providence.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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