September 27, 2012

Accused killer pleads not guilty

By The Spokesman-Review

Accused killer Avondre Graham pleaded not guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court to four charges stemming from attacks against three women.

Graham is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Graham, 17, appeared from the Spokane County Jail via a live video feed to the courthouse.

His bond is $1 million.

Police say Graham admitted to stabbing Sharlotte McGill to death on May 3, according to court documents filed Wednesday, and attacking a woman with a mallet and stealing her phone as she walked on the Centennial Trail Sept. 13.

He is also accused of punching and chasing a female Gonzaga University student on the Centennial Trail on Aug. 29.

Family members of the victim and the accused attended the hearing but declined to comment.

A trial date is set for Nov. 19.

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