The man accused of raping and murdering his 37-year-old cousin Lucianna Polly says he’s innocent and he intends to take the matter to trial.
The government offered murder suspect Katner Herry a plea agreement, but according to his attorney, Public Defender Peter Santos, no resolution would be reached through a plea deal.
His client, maintaining his innocence, has decided to move forward with a jury trial.
At the time of his arrest, Herry told police that he had blacked out when he chased Polly down and does not remember the events that transpired.
He is accused of raping Polly before he beat and strangled her to death along Ramirez Street in Toto on January 26th.
The chief medical examiner determined her cause of death to be the result of blunt force trauma.
Herry has been in custody since his arrest on charges of aggravated murder, murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and aggravated assault, strangulation.
A criminal trial setting is set for September 1st.