A Dos Palos man accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty to homicide and child endangerment charges in Merced County Superior Court Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Dos Palos investigators Tuesday confirmed that the man is a former U.S. Marine.
Jericho Wright, 26, maintained a stoic expression throughout his brief arraignment hearing in the death of Liadan Eva Wright. The hearing was broadcast through a video feed from the jail.
Judge Hugh Flanagan noted that Wright will be represented by a public defender -- although Wright had said during a hearing last week that his parents would be hiring an attorney.
A pre-preliminary and bail review hearing is scheduled for Thursday. None of Wright's friends or family members seemed to be present Tuesday.
Wright was arrested Feb. 25 after calling Dos Palos police, saying that he had found his daughter dead that morning.
Investigators said the girl hit her head after Wright pushed her into a cold shower as punishment the previous day because she wet herself twice in one day.
Dos Palos detective Donovan Sizemore confirmed Tuesday that Wright served four years in the Marine Corps. Wright told investigators he hadn't served in combat.
Sizemore said detectives have talked to neighbors and witnesses. He declined to provide additional details .
Wright lived in Dos Palos, but is a native of Los Banos and a graduate of Los Banos High School.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate the girl died from blunt-force trauma to her head, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said last week. Those results also showed she suffered bruising to her head, shoulder and body, as well as cuts to her lip.
A few hours after throwing the girl in the shower, investigators said Wright put her to bed after she told him she was tired. He woke up at 3:30 a.m. Feb. 25 to deliver newspapers, saying the girl appeared all right before he left. Wright returned a few hours later and found the girl cold and stiff to the touch.
He remains at John Latorraca Correctional Center with bail set at $1.5 million.