David Cannon Sr., one of Brunn's court-appointed attorneys, told CNN on Thursday that his client will enter a "not guilty plea" at the appropriate time.
Cannon could not be reached for comment this morning, but Brunn's other court-appointed attorney told Canton-Sixes Patch that he "will confirm what Mr. Cannon said."
Lawyer Daran Burns didn't elaborate.
Wednesday—two days after authorities discovered Jorelys' severely beaten body in a Dumpster—GBI Director Vernon Keenan announced the arrest of Brunn, a 20-year-old maintenance worker at the River Ridge apartment complex, where Jorelys lived and died.
She'd been sexually assaulted and stabbed an unknown number of times.
An affidavit for arrest said "the accused did unlawfully and with malice ... cause the death of Jorelys Rivera by hitting her on the head with a blunt object."
It’s not clear when Brunn will appear in court next. Burns and Cannon will have to file a motion to get him a bond hearing.
The county grand jury is convening Monday, Cherokee County Superior Court Judge Frank Mills said during Brunn's first court appearance on Thursday. But it’s more likely that prosecutors won’t be ready to present the case until the grand jury’s January session.
A plea, which would come during an arraignment, could take awhile.
Meanwhile, the Canton Police Department said today that it would not discuss the case publicly.
"The prosecution of the case is way too important to jeopardize," police spokeswoman Candy Worthy said. "We realize that people are curious, but our main focus (is) the ongoing investigation that is still being conducted, and the prosecution of Ryan Brunn. By putting too much information out to the media and the public, we run the risk of having to change the trial location if a trial were requested by the defendant."
"We want to ... spare them any details that they may not want to hear or read about in the papers and see on TV," she said. "We want to bring justice for Jorelys and the Rivera family."