BOSTON >> A New Hampshire man charged with raping and killing a Boston woman nearly three decades ago has pleaded not guilty.

James Paige, of Manchester, New Hampshire, and formerly of Boston, was held without bail at his arraignment Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the September 1987 slaying of 19-year-old Dora Brimage.

Paige was only indicted last month after modern DNA testing techniques not available in 1987 tied him to the death.

Prosecutors say the now 50-year-old Paige gave Brimage a ride after she left a party in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Her body was found in a vacant building under renovation.

Paige's attorney said contact between his client and the victim was "fleeting, if any," and called into doubt the DNA evidence.



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