GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) – A trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a Junction City woman in front of her toddler.
Nathaniel Lewis Jr. was arraigned in Geary County District Court Monday, March 5 and pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder and several other charges.
Lewis is charged in the death of 24-year-old Jennifer Pigg.
On August 14th, 2011 at 1:30 AM, Junction City Police officers were dispatched to the Green Park Apartments on North Calhoun Street, in reference to a woman suffering from a gunshot wound.
They found Pigg dead from a single gunshot wound to her upper torso.
Witnesses identified Lewis, an Illinois man, as the shooter. Police would not discuss how Lewis and Pigg knew each other but said they were not in a relationship.
Lewis turned himself to Junction City police the same day as the deadly shooting.
Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown said Lewis had been living in Junction City for a year but had no address, calling him "homeless."
After Lewis’ arrest, Chief Brown would not reveal what police believe happened inside Pigg's apartment. The motive and circumstances surrounding the deadly shooting are still unknown. Lewis waived his preliminary hearing and evidence in the case has not yet been presented in court.
Brown told WIBW that there were five adults in the room in Pigg's apartment when she was murdered: her, Lewis and three witnesses as well as Pigg's two-year-old child.
Jennifer Pigg's toddler is now being cared for by her parents.
Nathaniel Lewis’ trial is set to start April 23, 2012. He will appear in court for a status hearing before his trial on March 28, 2012. He is being held in the Geary County Detention Center on $1 million bond.