The man accused of killing Kentucky mother of four Savannah Spurlock has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Spurlock, 22, was last seen on surveillance footage leaving a Lexington bar on January 4 with David Sparks and two other men.
Investigators questioned Sparks shortly after Spurlock disappeared, but he wasn’t arrested until her body was discovered in a shallow grave on his parents’ property on July 10, according to The Louisville Courier Journal.
The body was found with a rug that appeared to have come from Sparks’ bedroom, authorities say. According to investigators, the day after Spurlock disappeared, Sparks texted his sister to ask where she had bought the rug and later bought a similar replacement rug from Walmart.
Investigators also found a blood stain consistent with the missing mother’s DNA on a bedroom closet, according to a report from the Lexington Herald Leader shortly after Sparks was arrested.
Erica Roland, Spark’s attorney, said although Sparks has been indicted for the murder it doesn’t mean her client is guilty.
“Just because David’s been indicted does not mean that he’s guilty of murder, and it does not mean that the commonwealth is going to be able to convict him,” she said according to the Lexington Herald Leader. “We are deeply sorry for Ms. Spurlock’s family’s loss and we hope that they’re able to find the answers they’re looking for.”
According to Roland, Sparks' family has struggled with the intense media attention the case has received since the mom of newborn twins disappeared.
“No parent wants to watch their children go through what David’s going through, and they have not liked having all of the attention on them,” she said. “They live a little bit out of town on a small piece of property, and this is completely different from how they thought their life was going to go.”
The body was reportedly discovered after Sparks’ father told his attorney he smelled a foul odor on his property.
Sparks told investigators that Spurlock had come to his home in the early morning hours of Jan. 4; however, he said she later woke him up to ask for the property’s address as she was getting ready to leave and planning a ride. He said when he woke up again later, she was gone.
He is facing charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence.
His next scheduled court appearance is in November, WBKO reports.
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