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Inmate pleads innocent in death of ex-priest

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An inmate accused of slaying former priest John J. Geoghan in prison pleaded innocent to murder Friday, then exited his arraignment screaming "Let's keep the kids safe!" and "Hold pedophiles accountable for their actions!"

Joseph L. Druce allegedly beat and strangled Geoghan in the defrocked priest's cell at Souza-Baronowski Correctional Institute in Shirley on Aug. 23.

In letters to newspapers, Druce has identified himself as Geoghan's "exterminator" and said pedophiles should be castrated. He's also boasted that he killed Geoghan to "avenge the children."