A high school football player who is accused of stabbing a pregnant cheerleader in the heart and throwing her body into a nearby dumpster has pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Aaron Trejo, 16, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to one count of murder and one count of feticide in the death of Breana Rouhselang and her unborn baby, according to ABC-57 News.
Police have said Trejo confessed to killing the 17-year-old, who was reportedly carrying his baby, because he was angry she didn't tell him about the pregnancy until it was too late to get an abortion, court documents said.
He allegedly told investigators he thought about killing the teen for about a week before agreeing to meet her behind a restaurant near her house Saturday night. After stabbing her, he supposedly claimed he put her body in a nearby dumpster and threw her cell phone and the knife he had brought from home into the river before returning home, the court documents said.
"I took action... I took her life," he allegedly told authorities during an interview after Rouhselang's body had been discovered.
Trejo's family was in court Tuesday but did not speak to the media, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Trejo, who is being charged as an adult and appeared at the hearing via video conference, was denied bail. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 19.
Rouhselang's family plans to celebrate the teen's life during memorial events starting this weekend. The visitation is planned for Sunday evening, while the funeral is planned for Monday. Both events will be held at the New Life Baptist Church in Osceola, Indiana, according to WNDU.
On Monday, Rouhselang's classmates and teachers honored her at Mishawaka High School, where both teens attended, with a walk out at 11 a.m., about the same time her body had been discovered the day before. The group stood around a flag pole and observed six minutes of silence in her honor, WBND-LD reports.
"She was very quiet, happy," classmate Nataleigh Reed recalled. "Very shy and so nice. Always."
Reed said her peers hope to get through the tragedy by supporting one another with "lots of kind words and prayers."
[Photos: St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office/Facebook]
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