Man pleads not guilty in southern Ill. killing

MURPHYSBORO — A man accused of killing a Missouri woman and leaving her body along a southern Illinois road has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.

KFVS-TV reports 28-year-old Brandon Banks was arraigned Wednesday in Illinois' Jackson County.

Prosecutors there allege Banks killed 40-year-old Marsha Ann Brown of Cape Girardeau, Mo., which also is Banks' hometown. Brown's body was found in January in tall weeds on a small embankment near Makanda.

Banks was arrested in St. Louis two days after Brown's body was found, and he was returned to Illinois to face prosecution.

He's jailed on $1 million bond.