News & Articles

Ashley Zhao’s parents plead not guilty in her death

CANTON The parents charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old daughter both pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

Liang Zhao, 34, and Mingming Chen, 29, appeared before Judge Chryssa Hartnett for an arraignment on the murder count and several other charges. Arraignments typically take place at a designated time for groups of individual defendants in common pleas court through a video feed from the Stark County Jail.

But a separate arraignment was scheduled for Chen and Zhao, apparently because Chen does not speak English and requires an interpreter during court hearings.

Read More