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Updated Dec 27, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Man pleads not guilty in death of Phoenix teenager

PHOENIX — A man charged in a suspicious house fire in Phoenix and the
death of a teenage girl has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 19-year-old Tashawn Trevon Cheatham (Tuh-shawn
Tray-von Cheet-uhm) had his arraignment Thursday.

Cheatham was booked into jail Dec. 7 on a $1 million bond on suspicion of
first-degree murder, arson and theft.

Phoenix firefighters found 13-year-old Briana Naylor with burns on her arms and
legs in a bedroom Dec. 6, hours after her mother had reported her as a runaway.
The teen later died at a hospital.

Police say Cheatham told them Naylor had asked him to kill her and he allegedly
wrapped a sheet around her neck before setting fires inside the home.

He’s also accused of stealing and trying to sell the family’s dog.

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