Michael Pacewitz, the self-described Satan worshiper who admitted in two jailhouse interviews that he had killed a 3-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Friday.
Municipal Judge Linda Lancet Miller set a May 11 preliminary hearing date for Pacewitz, 21, of Fullerton, who is represented by the public defender’s office.
Pacewitz is accused of murder in the March 3 death of Marcelline Onick, who was found stabbed to death at her father’s apartment. Pacewitz is also charged with the attempted murder of his mother and her boyfriend in an incident the night before.
The child’s mother, Joanne Boydston, had left the girl and her 9-month-old son with Wes Robinson, identified as the baby’s father, in Fullerton. The father then left the children in the care of Pacewitz’s roommate, who then left them with Pacewitz.
Pacewitz, who turned himself in to police, claims he killed the little girl “to please Satan.”