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Christopher Wilson Pleads Not Guilty to MacKenzie Cowell Murder

October 20, 2010

Christopher Wilson pleads not guilty at arraignment


Christopher Wilson has entered a not guilty plea to charges of 2nd degree murder in the death of his beauty school classmate, MacKenzie Cowell. Wilson appeared in Chelan County Superior Court for his arraignment this morning. Steve Hair was there and filed a report.




Wilson, represented by his court-appointed defense attorney, Keith Howard, appeared in court in yellow jail coveralls, chained at the waist and ankles with shackles. He appeared stoic as he stood before Superior Court Judge John Bridges as the judge read the charges against him and he responded without hesitation when asked for his plea. Judge Bridges also granted a defense request for a march 8th trial date. Howard said he would need more time to prepare his defense and review the evidence against his client.


After the hearing Howard talked with Wenatchee Bureau Chief Steve Hair. He said he was concerned about the media coverage surrounding the investigation and cautioned against drawing any conclusions from police press releases. Christopher Wilson’s defense attorney Keith Howard.


Meanwhile. Chelan County Prosecutor, Gary Reisen told KOHO news that he felt confident that he had enough evidence to convict Wilson on the second degree murder charges. But he did not object to delaying the trial until next spring. Investigators say Wilson killed the 17 year old coed last February at his Okanogan Street apartment and then dumped her body along the riverbank near Crescent Bar. If Wilson is convicted of 2nd degree murder, he could face life in prison and a 50-thousand dollar fine.


Why not first degree murder?

Why not first degree murder?

Wilson arraignment

First degree murder requires premeditation. Police say they have no evidence at this time to prove he preplanned the murder. The investigation continues and the charges could possibly be revised.

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