An Indiana man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling 8-year-old April Tinsley to death 30 years ago appeared in court Thursday -- where he was met by April's family.
John Miller, 59, was arrested Sunday and is charged with murder and child molesting for the child's April 1988 death, the Allen County, Indiana, Prosecutor’s Office said.
Miller, wearing an orange and white striped jumpsuit, appeared in court to answer the formal charges and was ordered held without bond, reported ABC affiliate WPTA.
April's family members, who waited 30 years for justice, were in the courtroom to watch, including April’s mother, WPTA said.
Miller entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered held on no bond, the Allen County Prosecutor's Office told ABC News.
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The case dates back to April 1, 1988, when April was reported missing. Her body was found in a ditch three days later, according to the probable cause affidavit
She died of asphyxiation with indications of sexual assault, according to the court document. DNA was recovered from her underwear.