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‘Clark Rockefeller’ maintains his innocence

The man who called himself Clark Rockefeller said he is innocent of the recent murder charge brought against him, his lawyer said yesterday.  

The man who called himself Clark Rockefeller said he is innocent of the recent murder charge brought against him, his lawyer said yesterday.

Lawyers for Christian K. Gerhartsreiter, 50, a German national, visited him in his Massachusetts jail to apprise him of the charges and process, they said.

“He was appropriately concerned,” said Jeffrey Denner, a Boston attorney. “He continues to maintain his innocence. He was sorry that after all this time … they chose now to actually bring the charges.”

Gerhartsreiter was charged by the Los Angeles district attorney with killing John Sohus, 27, in 1985. Authorities said he lived in a guesthouse behind Sohus’ San Marino home.

Gerhartsreiter is serving a four- to five-year sentence for kidnapping his daughter in the Back Bay.

Denner said he has yet to hear from Los Angeles authorities. He said his client will likely be arraigned on a fugitive from justice charge here soon and then be taken to California.

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