BOSTON (AP) _ The suspect in the May 2008 mistaken-identity slaying of a Northeastern University student has pleaded not guilty in Boston.

Cornell Smith was arraigned Monday while Rebecca Payne’s parents sat in the courtroom’s front row clutching photos of their daughter.

The Connecticut couple says the suspect didn’t appear remorseful and seeing him was heart-wrenching.

A prosecutor told the judge that the 22-year-old New Milford, Conn., woman’s slaying was a case of mistaken identity. Authorities say the suspect shot her thinking she was another resident of her Boston apartment building.

The 30-year-old Smith is already serving an unrelated 12-year drug sentence in federal prison. A grand jury indicted him in Payne’s slaying in April.

Payne had just finished her junior year and was studying to be an athletic trainer.


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