Judge enters preliminary plea of not guilty for teen accused of killing pregnant girl
The Mishawaka teenager accused of stabbing and killing the mother of their unborn child was in court Tuesday.
Investigator say 16-year-old Aaron Trejo stabbed 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang to death, put her body in a trash bag and threw it in a nearby dumpster.
She was six months pregnant.
The judge entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.
Trejo does not have a lawyer right now, so an automatic plea of not guilty was entered. But that can be changed once it’s decided whether he will get a public defender or hire his own lawyer.
Trejo was in court via teleconference and was kept separate from the other inmates.
He was denied bail because of the murder charge.
The judge said he was “high risk” because of the nature of the crime.
Trejo's family members were in the courtroom. They were consoling each other before the hearing and were visibly upset as they walked out of the courthouse.
A friend of Breana Rouhselang’s brother Lance was also in the courtroom. She says she has many questions.
“Why he had to kill her? Why did he not want anything to do with the baby because it just doesn’t make any sense,” said Kylie Guthrie, friend of Breana’s brother:
If convicted, Trejo could face upwards of 80 years in jail.
He’ll be in court again next Wednesday.