Accused serial killer Reinaldo J. Rivera pleaded innocent to murder charges Tuesday in Columbia County Superior Court.
Mr. Rivera, 37, sat motionless as Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett read the indictment that accuses Mr. Rivera of strangling 18-year-old Tabatha Leigh Bosdell to death. Her body was found Oct. 14 in a wooded area just off Interstate 20.
"Not guilty," lead defense attorney Peter Johnson announced for his client as Judge Pickett as how Mr. Rivera pleaded. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
Tuesday's arraignment was the first of a structured series of hearings required in Georgia before a death penalty trial can commence.
Miss Bosdell was attacked in Richmond County on June 29 then taken either dead or dying to Columbia County. She was dumped off in a wooded area near Pumpkin Center.
Mr. Rivera was arraigned earlier this month in Richmond County on multiple charges, including the murder and sexual assault of Fort Gordon Army Sgt. Marni Glista. Sgt. Glista was attacked in her home on Sept. 4 and left for dead. She died a five days later in a local hospital.
District Attorney Danny Craig also plans to seek the death penalty in Richmond County if Mr. Rivera is convicted for the murder of Sgt. Glista.
No trial date has been set in either county.