Inmate pleads not guilty to cold case murder

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  • JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Steven Ray Simpson appears in Hilo Circuit Court Wednesday via videoconference from Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu.

A 72-year-old prison inmate pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the beating and strangulation death 44 years ago of a Northern California park ranger who was on the Big Island for her dream vacation.