Published: Sep 16, 2013 11:53 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The man accused of killing a young girl pleaded not guilty in Charlotte County. Keith Wilson is accused of killing 4-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999.

The girl's body was never found.

In court today, Wilson said he's hiring his own private attorney.

He could spend the rest of his life in prison, if he's convicted of Second Degree Murder.