Runaway suspect's trail ends in court

A murder suspect who was on the run for nearly 20 years pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Roderick Cross appeared in Jones County Circuit Court before Judge Billy Joe Landrum.

Cross is accused in the 1987 murder of Phillip Coleman of Laurel. Authorities say he fled the city and was found in Fort Worth, Texas, living under the alias of Paul McCoy.

A public defender was appointed to represent him.