Brunn Will Enter Not Guilty Plea

Though a plea could be a long way off, the court-appointed attorneys for the man accused of killing Jorelys Rivera told CNN and Canton-Sixes Patch of their client's intentions.

will plead not guilty to the brutal slaying of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera.

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— announced the , a 20-year-old maintenance worker at the  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, . 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  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."

Worthy also said authorities want to respect Jorelys' family, which will receive visitors during a public viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at .

"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."

Wow, your glass house looks fragile! December 10, 2011 at 02:01 AM
If there were no rapists and murderers sneaking around, maybe no one would supervise their kids. Kids are taken from their bedrooms. Brunn is innocent until proven guilty, but her mother is guilt-ridden as it is without defamatory accusations. If you think a 7 yr old is a target because she is alone on a playground, you must think every woman who dresses skimpily deserves to be raped. Children should be supervised, but blaming the victim (is her whole family not the victim of a horrific crime) is really grotesque. My sister was raped when she was six while spending the night at another six year olds house. By the girls father. Was my mother to blame? After all, she drove her to their house. No. But she still blames herself and suffers to this day, 25 years later. Her whole family will suffer forever. The thing that really sucks is that if it wasn't her it would have been someone else. Whoever did this, remember folks innocent until proven guilty, didn't do it on a whim. A sociopath is as a sociopath does...or psychopath...I'm not an expert. I hope that they have the assailant behind bars. He doesn't look like the sharpest tool in the shed from his Facebook grammar/spelling...so if it is...I'm sure he left plenty of evidence behind to convict him.


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