Holly Cassano's accused killer pleads not guilty

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Holly Cassano was found stabbed 80 times in a Mahomet home on Nov. 2, 2009. Holly Cassano was found stabbed 80 times in a Mahomet home on Nov. 2, 2009.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - The man charged with the murder of Holly Cassano entered a not guilty plea in court on Thursday. 

Michael Henslick, 30, appeared in court on Thursday afternoon. He is being charged with the 2009 murder of Cassano. 

Henslick was arrested on Aug. 29 in the parking lot of the Market Place Mall in Champaign after a nearly nine murder case got new life, thanks to new DNA and genealogy testing. 

Cassano was killed on November 2, 2009. She was discovered in her Mahomet mobile home, stabbed over 80 times and rapped. 

Following Henslick's arrest investigators say they used advanced DNA testing to crack the case. 

Search warrants were executed for Henslick in the days before his arrest to match the DNA to a discarded cigarette of Henslick's. 

Police said Cassano and Henslick knew each other through mutual acquaintances, went to high school at the same time and lived in the same building.

Henslick is facing four counts of first degree murder. His bond is set at $10 million.

Henslick has a criminal history comprised of drug offenses and felony domestic violence charges. He's set appear in court on the other charges on Oct. 30. 

The judge set a pre-trial date on the murder charges for Oct. 23. 

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