Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, man charged with murdering three women, pleads not guilty

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, man charged with murdering three women, pleads not guilty

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, man charged with murdering three women, pleads not guilty (3/13/17)

NEWARK - The New Jersey man charged with murdering three women and trying to kill a fourth pleaded not guilty in court this morning.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He's accused of murdering the victims after he sexually assaulted them, with all the crimes happening between September and November.

Wheeler-Weaver is accused of killing 19-year-old Philadelphia resident Robin West on Sept. 1. Authorities say West was killed in Orange, and Wheeler-Weaver set fire to a vacant home after killing her. West was living in Union Township at the time of the murder and was reported missing in September.

Wheeler-Weaver is also accused of attacking a 34-year-old woman who survived her attack. Authorities did not release the woman's name or the date of the attack.

He was also previously charged in the murder of missing Jersey City University student Sarah Butler in November. Butler's body was found in the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Dec. 1 after she was reported missing.

Prosecutors say that Wheeler-Weaver is also responsible for the death of Joanne Brown, 33. Officials say Brown was killed on Oct. 22, and her body was found inside a vacant home in Orange on Dec. 5.

Officials allege that Wheeler-Weaver's interactions with the victims were of a sexual nature.

Wheeler-Weaver is being held on $5 million bail, and is charged with 11 criminal counts, including three counts of murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and attempted murder.

The prosecutor’s office is waiting on final autopsy reports of the victims. They will be pushing for life in prison if he’s convicted.

Wheeler-Weaver's next scheduled court date will be in May.

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