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Isabella Tennant Murder: 2 teens due in court in NY girl's strangling death

John Freeman (left) and Tyler Best are charged in connection to the death of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant. Authorities said Isabella's body was found dumped in a garbage can after her family reported her missing from her great-grandmother's house in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
AP Photo/Niagara Falls Police
John Freeman (left) and Tyler Best (right)
AP Photo/Niagara Falls Police

(CBS/AP) NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Two western New York teens are expected to appear in court today in connection with the strangling death of 5-year-old Isabella Tennant, whose body was found hidden in a trash can in Niagara Falls last week.

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John Freeman, 16, and Tyler Best, 18, are scheduled to be in Niagara Falls City Court on Friday.

Freeman pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Isabella, who died on a night she was staying at her great-grandmother's home. The great-grandmother considered Freeman a trusted friend.

Best is accused of helping Freeman hide Isabella's body in a garbage can a few blocks away from the great-grandmother's house. He took police there the next morning and has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence.

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