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Rockefeller Imposter Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

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ALHAMBRA (CBS) — Christian K. Gerhartsreiter pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Alhambra Superior Court to murder charges in connection in a February 1985 slaying.

Gerhartsreiter, 50, is accused of killing John Sohus, a San Marino man whose body was discovered nearly a decade later. He was living in a guest house on property owned by Sohus’ mother in San Marino, Calif., when the victim disappeared.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports.

Gerhartsreiter has been serving a four- to five-year prison sentence in Massachusetts for a 2009 conviction in the kidnapping of his 7-year-old daughter.

Gerhartsreiter came to the U.S. in the 1970s and assumed many identities, including Clark Rockefeller, a supposed relative of the wealthy family.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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