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Artur Segarra, 37 has pleaded not guilty to killing and dismembering fellow countryman David Bernat, 39 whose body parts were discovered in the Chao Phraya River in January this year. The trial will now go forward after the not guilty plea was given in court on Monday. Mr Segarra entered a not guilty plea after formally hearing the charges against him that included premeditated murder. Representatives from the Spanish Embassy were present during the hearing. Segarra testified through a Spanish interpreter that he had no connection to the murder. He is being represented by a court appointed lawyer.
The suspected killer acknowledged having stayed at the PG Rama 9 Condominium, where police believe Bernat was killed before being cut into pieces and dumped into the river.
Segarra was arrested Feb. 7 in Sihanoukville province, Cambodia. Police believe he and possibly others were motivated by theft to abduct, torture, murder and dismember Bernat.
Segarra reportedly made large cash withdrawals from a number of ATMs in at least two provinces after gaining access to an account belonging to Bernat which held about 37 million baht.
On Monday, the prosecution told the court they have 95 witnesses to testify against Segarra, who so far had none forthcoming to testify.
The next court date to review evidence was set for July 25.