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Man accused of killing four-year-old pleads ‘not guilty’

Posted at 9:14 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 22:14:00-04

A man accused of killing a four-year-old boy appeared in the 347th Judicial District Court.

28-year-old Michal Duty, who is accused of killing his four-year-old stepson back on June 17, 2018, appeared before Judge Missy Medary.

The boy’s mother, 26-year-old Amanda Rose Pinon, did not appear in court. Pinon is also charged in connection with the boy’s death.

Duty was brought before the court for an arraignment and attorney status Tuesday afternoon. He entered a plea of not guilty. He was assigned Defense Attorney Mark DiCarlo.

Nueces County prosecutors said they have not made a decision on seeking the death penalty. When Judge Missy Medary asked why they have not, prosecutors said they are still waiting for results from the autopsy report.

Judge Medary set a re-status hearing 30 days from now.

DiCarlo asked Judge Medary if she could approve a request to lower Duty’s bond from one million dollars. Judge Medary denied that request.