Brandon Conner enters not guilty plea during death penalty hearing Monday

Brandon Conner enters not guilty plea during death penalty hearing Monday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A man accused of murdering his own girlfriend and son enters a not guilty plea during a death penalty hearing Monday morning.

Brandon Conner is accused of killing his girlfriend Rosella Mitchell, and their 6-month-old son, Dylan Conner, then setting the house on fire with the two inside on August 2014 on Winifred Lane.

Defense attorneys requested 30 days for a status conference. Conner is being accused of two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated battery, first-degree arson and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.

The defense asked the judge to give 10 days to make a decision and decide whether to file motions, also asked for 30 days for a status conference. The status conference is scheduled for Friday, August 7 at 1:30 p.m.

The trial will most likely begin in 2016.

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