Accused Florida priest killer enters ‘not guilty’ plea

Steven Murray said very little at arraignment in Burke County Superior Court.
Steven Murray said very little at arraignment in Burke County Superior Court.

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.

Photojournalist: Mark Gaskins

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