MIAMI (NEWSnet/AP) — Florida businessman David Knezevich, accused in the February disappearance of his estranged wife in Spain, pleaded not guilty Monday.

Knezevich, 36, entered the plea during a hearing at Miami’s federal courthouse.

Knezevich was arrested May 4 at Miami International Airport as he returned from Serbia. He is charged federally with kidnapping his 40-year-old wife, Ana Hedao Knezevich, who remains missing. He is jailed without bond.

Prosecutors and Ana Knezevich’s family believe she is dead, although her husband has not been charged with killing her.

The Fort Lauderdale resident sold six South Florida rental homes to one buyer in the month before Ana Knezevich went missing from her Madrid apartment. He sold another to a second buyer three weeks later, Broward County records show. Thesales grossed $6 million.

Jayne Weintraub, Knezevich’s attorney, has questioned the evidence and plans to seek release.

In court filings, prosecutors argued Knezevich should remain jailed pending trial, saying he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Weintraub said Monday her client still hopes his wife will be found safe.

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