Naso Makes New Claim in Court

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    AP Photo/Washoe County Sheriff's office)
    Joseph Naso faces the death penalty.

    Accused serial killer Joseph Naso pleaded not guilty this morning  in Marin County Superior Court to murdering four Northern California women  between 1977 and 1994.

    Naso, 77, also denied the special circumstance allegation of  committing multiple murders.

    In a brief statement, Naso asked Judge Andrew Sweet to dismiss the  complaint against him and order him released.

    Naso said none of the photos found in his home in Reno, Nev., show  the four alleged murder victims "in forced poses, forced bondage or being  deceased."

    Naso said the women posed under free will.

    Sweet instructed Naso to file a motion to dismiss the complaint in  writing.

    Deputy District Attorney Dori Ahana said she will respond in  writing to Naso's written motion by Wednesday.

    Sweet set Naso's preliminary hearing for the week of July 11 after  the Marin County District Attorney's Office said the hearing could take seven  days.

    Naso is suspected of killing Roxene Roggasch, 18, of Oakland,  whose body was found on Jan. 10, 1977, on White's Hill near Fairfax, and  Carmen Colon, 22, who was found dead near Port Costa in Contra Costa County  in 1978.

    He is also accused in the deaths of Pamela Parsons, 38, and Tracey  Tafoya, 31, who were killed in Yuba County in 1993 and 1994, respectively.