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Not guilty pleas in Tempe business partner's death

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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 4:23 pm

A Tempe man and his wife have pleaded not guilty in the murder of the man's business partner who body has not been found.

Thirty-three-year-old Chad Norris pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder and his wife, 31-year-old Tamara Norris, pleaded not guilty to felony hindering.

The couple were arrested in September for their alleged roles in the murder of 45-year-old Jason Johnson.

Arrest records show Johnson and Chad Norris co-owned an auto-body shop in Tempe.

Investigators learned there was some kind of confrontation between the two.

Investigators kept surveillance on the couple who were seen leaving their home with a trailer that they later abandoned in Phoenix.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and found inside the trailer blood, spent shell casings and a wallet that contained Johnson's driver's license.

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