53-year-old Edwin Jerry Hiatt of Burke County has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with a special allegation of using a heavy decorative object during the commission of the crime. He is accused of murdering TV director Barry Crane in 1985.
Hiatt entered the not guilty plea yesterday (October 8) in a courtroom in Van Nuys (Los Angeles). He will next appear in court on December 17.
Crane directed a number of popular T.V. shows in the 1970s and 80s. He was 57 when he was killed.
Hiatt allegedly bludgeoned Crane to death with a ceramic statue and wrapped a telephone cord around his neck. He was linked to the crime when D.N.A. evidence found at the crime scene was retested in 2006 and 2018. Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina in May of this year and extradited to California in August.