Man pleads not guilty in death of man found in burning home

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the 2016 death of a man whose body was found inside his burning home.

The Daily News reports 39-year-old Dustin Griffin entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to murder, arson, burglary, robbery, and other charges in connection with the death of 63-year-old Donald Howard.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Griffin Oct. 8 and arrested alleged accomplice, Kristopher Hoyt on Oct. 11.

In the early morning of Nov. 22, 2016, firefighters responded to a house fire in Woodland. After extinguishing it, authorities found Howard, who was found to have died from blunt force trauma.

Court documents say Howard was a known collector and that the men thought he was gone when they went to his home. Documents say Howard was killed when he confronted the men.

Hoyt was expected to appear in court Wednesday.