The legal woes continue for Christopher Maffei, the man accused of kidnapping his kids and taking them on a multi-day excursion on a stolen yacht last September.
In San Mateo Superior Court on Wednesday, Maffei entered a not guilty plea and had a jury trial date set for May 28.
The defense had previously requested that all charges be reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. Maffei is being charged with 8 felony counts including two kidnapping, two child stealing, two child endangerment and one possession of the stolen boat.
The court again decided not to lift orders keeping Maffei from contacting his kids either through phone or letters, just as it did at Maffei's last court appearance in January.
On Sept. 4, Maffei arrived at his ex-wife's South San Francisco home, got past his kids' grandmother and took his two sons. They went to the Alameda Marina and boarded a stolen boat and remained at sea for three days until they ran out of gas and food near Monterey Bay.
Maffei remains in custody on $500,000 bail.