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Dec. 22, 2011MARYVILLE, MO | By: Wayman
Two of the 5 defendants charged in an abuse investigation at the Beatrice State Development Center have plead not guilty.
Matthew Johnson of Beatrice and Cameron Barnes of fFairbury filed written pleas. Johnson is charged with 5 counts of strangulation and two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Barnes faces 6 strangulation charges, and 3 counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Additional hearings are set for January 18th. Thee other defendants, Matthew Pangborn, Cody Creek, and Carmen Yates, all of Beatrice, are also charged in the abuse investigation.