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Girl, 16, pleads not guilty in Glendale man's murder

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Jessica Burlew (Source: Facebook) Jessica Burlew (Source: Facebook)
Jessica Burlew's booking photo. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Jessica Burlew's booking photo. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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A 16-year-old girl, charged as an adult for allegedly strangling a man while having sex, pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Court officials said Jessica Burlew made the plea to a charge of second-degree murder in Maricopa County court Tuesday morning.

Jason Ash, of Phoenix, was found dead about 5:45 p.m. Jan. 18 in a Glendale apartment near 62nd and Olive avenues. Police said the 43-year-old Phoenix man had a cord around his neck and several cuts on his body.

Burlew lived at the apartment and was arrested and booked into jail, according to Glendale police spokesman Sgt. Jay O'Neill. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said she is being charged as an adult.

Police said the 911 call came in from the teen's mother.

According to the mother, she left the apartment while her 16-year-old daughter and her daughter's male friend, Ash, were inside.

The mother told police that she later got a call from her daughter saying that she and Ash had a consensual sex act involving strangulation and the man had died.

While the mother tried to save Ash, Burlew fled the apartment, according to police.

During the investigation, the girl returned to a neighboring apartment and was taken into custody.

Police said Burlew confessed to strangling Ash during a sex act and then later cutting him.

Glendale police confirmed the teen has a mental illness and a history of running away.

"There are currently no charges pending against the suspect's mother, however the case is still under investigation," O'Neill said.

The teen's next court hearing is March 21.

Stay with and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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