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Man accused of killing teenage runaway pleads not guilty

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James Eaton

RACINE (AP) — An Illinois man charged with killing a teenage runaway in 1997 and leaving her body in a Wisconsin marsh has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges.

James P. Eaton is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. Online court records say he pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Messages left with his two public defenders were not immediately returned.

The 36-year-old from Palatine, Ill., was arrested in Chicago this month. He’s accused of killing Amber Creek, a 14-year-old also from Palatine. Her battered body was found in a Racine County marsh.

Police were unable to develop a suspect for years. They say a federal DNA database connected Eaton to the crime in February, and that investigators confirmed by tailing him and recovering DNA from a cigarette he discarded.


  • jas

    No punishment is good enough. He sadistically beat her face to a pulp when she was alive, raped and suffocated her. Then he put a five dollar price tag and wrote “hi’ on her hand and had her posed like she was waving

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