LAS VEGAS (AP/KXNT) — The young man charged with the kidnapping, rape and mutilation killing of an Arbor View High School sophomore pleaded not guilty to all charges in his first court appearance since prosecutors announced they’ll seek the death penalty against him.
Javier Righetti, 19, appeared in court Thursday morning at the Regional Justice Center in his blue CCDC jumpsuit with his wrists and ankles shackled. He stood and quietly answered a series of questions from District Judge Michelle Leavitt, including her reading of the ten felony charges against him. After entering his not guilty plea, Righetti also waived his right to a speedy trial. His trial is set for Oct. 16, 2012.
Righetti is charged with the deadly attack on 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba in September, and with assaulting another teenage girl back in March.
Otremba’s mother, Jennifer Otremba, declined to speak about the case outside the courtroom but said she wanted justice for her daughter. Prosecutors and defense attorneys also declined to comment after the hearing.
Alyssa Otremba’s charred body was found Sept. 3 not far from her northwest Las Vegas home.
Prosecutors allege she was stabbed more than 80 times.
Righetti will remain in custody without bail.
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