Christopher Wilson Pleads Not Guilty to MacKenzie Cowell Murder

October 20, 2010

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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



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



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.


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