By Jason Lamb and Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
11:50 AM AKDT, April 19, 2012
Israel Keyes, the sole suspect in the kidnapping and death of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to new federal charges filed against himless than a day ago.
Keyes, 34, did not speak at his arraignment in U.S. District Court, which took less than five minutes. His attorney, Richard Curtner, entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf to charges of kidnapping resulting in death, as well as receipt and possession of ransom money.
Keyes had already pleaded not guilty to a charge of access device fraud, which Wednesday’s charging documents claim he committed after abducting Koenig on the night of Feb. 1 from Midtown coffee stand Common Grounds Espresso.
Investigators believe Keyes took a debit card from a vehicle Koenig shared outside her residence and got Koenig to tell him the card’s PIN, before he allegedly killed her the next day. Earlier this month, APD and the FBI held a joint press conference to announce the discovery of Koenig’s body in Matanuska Lake near Wasilla.
Charging documents say Keyes then demanded that $2,440 in ransom payments be made to the card, which were subsequently withdrawn from locations in Anchorage as well as Arizona, New Mexico and Texas before his March 13 arrest in Lufkin, Texas.
Keyes is still being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex after being transported to Alaska by U.S. Marshals. A planning conference for the prosecution and defense in his trial will be held April 30.
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