BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A man accused of killing a Florida priest and dumping his body in Burke County has entered a plea in court today. It all happened pretty fast. Steven Murray’s public defender Ryan Swingle told NewsChannel 6 before his client arrived that he had no comment and would just be entering a not guilty plea.
Deputies escorted Murray into Superior Court Judge James Blanchard’s court room around 10:00 a.m. Friday. Judge Blanchard charged Murray with five counts of murder, including having a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Swingle entered the not guilty for Murray. District Attorney Ashley Wright and Swingle talked briefly with Judge Blanchard before he announced a motion hearing on December 2.
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