King enters not guilty plea in case of missing girlWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven W. King appeared in court Aug. 15, where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice related to the June disappearance of 1-year-old Elaina Steinfurth.
King’s pretrial hearing was pushed back to Sept. 5 and a trial date was set for Sept. 16. His defense asked for more time to review new evidence and Judge Ruth Ann Franks granted the request.
King’s ex-girlfriend Angela Steinfurth, also charged with obstruction of justice, appeared in court Aug. 14. Her pretrial hearing was moved to Sept. 4 for the same reason. No trial date was set.
Elaina was reported missing June 2 when her father Terry Steinfurth Jr. came to pick up his daughter between noon and 1 p.m. at a home on Federal Street. An argument ensued when Angela refused to give him Elaina, according to several witnesses.
Almost an hour after the start of the argument, Angela went in to get Elaina but came out “crying and screaming” that Elaina was gone, according to Terry Steinfurth Sr., Elaina’s grandfather.
The family began searching the area for Elaina. They called the police when she could not be found.