(FORT WAYNE) - Extra security forces from the Allen County Sheriff's Department and caution tape served as protection as the man accused of killing a 9-year-old Fort Wayne girl appeared in court Wednesday morning.
Michael Plumadore, 39, is accused of killing and then dismembering Aliahna Lemmon on December 22.
Plumadore entered a not guilty plea and requested a public defender in Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns.
Prosecutors brought formal charges against Plumadore in late December in Allen Superior Court 6. Plumadore was charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and moving body from scene.
In court Wednesday, Plumadore was read the charges against him and said he understood.
In an interview with police, Plumadore admitted that he used a brick to hit Lemmon in the head several times. He said he then carried Lemmon's body to his home and used a hack saw to dismember her.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Plumadore said he placed pieces of Lemmon's body in freezer bags before disposing of them in a dumpster at a nearby business.
Lemmon and her two sisters were staying with Plumadore for about a week while their mother was ill. Plumadore was a neighbor and a family friend.
The memorial continues to grow for young Lemmon at the mobile home park she called home. Neighbors said they are still shocked that a neighbor and family friend could commit the alleged acts.
Plumadore's mobile home was towed away by investigators to be analyzed.
He will remain behind bars until his pre-trial on January 18.
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