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Christopher Poulson waits for his case to be called before Poulson's initial court appearance Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at the 4th District Court in American Fork. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

A man charged with the 2015 killing of an Orem woman and her son pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, obstruction of justice and abuse or desecration of bodies.

Christopher Poulson, 29, of Smithfield, is charged with two counts of the first-degree felony of aggravated murder, one second-degree felony of obstructing justice and two counts of the third-degree felony of abuse or desecration of a dead human body.

Judge Robert Lunnen of the 4th District Court found probable cause on all charges during a preliminary hearing Friday, and Poulson entered a not guilty plea for each charge.

Poulson was arrested in Hawaii last year on suspicion of murder of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Emily Almiron, and her 3-year-old son, Gabriel. Almiron and her son went missing from Orem on Sept. 8, 2015. Their bodies have not been found.

Poulson reportedly purchased a shovel and work gloves at a store in Springville after the two disappeared, according to court documents. His phone was then turned off for three hours before being traced to a rural area of Payson.

Almiron’s vehicle was found abandoned in St. George. Poulson reportedly also sold his car for a low price around the time of the disappearance. Police found it, and a cadaver dog reportedly indicated it smelled human remains in the trunk.

Poulson moved to Hawaii after being interviewed by police last year.

Braley Dodson covers health and education for the Daily Herald.

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