Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, entered the plea in Worcester Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.
A man charged with killing a Google employee from NY who went missing while out for a run near her mother's MA home has pleaded not guilty.
The 31-year-old Colon-Ortiz, of Worcester, was arrested in April after prosecutors say his DNA matched samples from Marcotte's body. Her iPhone was then disabled or shut off at 2:11 p.m., and her body was found in the woods about a half-mile from her mother's home about seven hours later.
Attorney Edward Ryan addresses reporters in Worcester Superior Court after his client, Angelo Colon-Ortiz, pleaded not guilty in the August 7, 2016 murder of Vanessa Marcotte.
During his court appearance, he was allowed to remain out of sight at the request of his lawyer, who cited an "identification issue". He instead stood just outside the doorway, listening to a translation of the proceedings on headphones.
A Worcester man accused of brutally murdering a Princeton jogger was ordered held without bail yesterday after his lawyer said his client is struggling to cope with the reality of the charge he's facing.
In court, Colon-Ortiz wore a headset and was assisted by a Spanish-speaking interpreter.
The prosecutor and the defense agreed Colon-Ortiz be held without bail.
Outside the courtroom, Ryan said the defense is paying careful mind to the DNA evidence as discovery gets underway.
Marcotte, 27, a Leominster native, was living in NY and working for Google at the time of her murder on August 7, 2016.
Marcotte went missing while she visited her mother in Princeton, Mass., about 40 miles east of Boston. He's never been involved in any court process before - at all.