Inmate pleads not guilty to cold case murder


  • Steven Ray Simpson appears in Hilo Circuit Court Wednesday via videoconference from Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu. (JOHN BURNETT/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

A 72-year-old prison inmate pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the beating and strangulation death 44 years ago of a Northern California park ranger who was on the Big Island for her dream vacation.