A Maine man has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and murder charges 26 years ago at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

A Maine man has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and murder charges in the death of a woman at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, 26 years ago.
Steven Downs made his first Alaska court appearance yesterday. He was arrested in February in Maine but had contested extradition.
Maine-based defense lawyer James (huh-WAHN-ick) Howaniec appeared telephonically and entered the not guilty pleas on Downs' behalf. Downs, wearing yellow prison garb, appeared in the courtroom for the arraignment.
Judge Andrew Peterson set bail at $1 million. The next hearing will be Aug. 14 in Fairbanks. Downs is charged in the 1993 sexual assault and killing of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie on the Fairbanks campus, where he was then a student.
Alaska authorities say DNA linked him to the crime.