The man accused in the death of a college counselor, whose body was found inside her burning apartment, has entered a "not guilty" plea.
Matthew Benner is accused of killing 27-year-old Amanda Strous in June 2016. Strous was a student counselor at Central Piedmont Community College. She had been employed at CPCC for about six months.
Benner was found sleeping in his truck outside of a motel in Nevada several days after her death, He was charged with murder and first-degree arson.
Authorities who arrested Benner say he confessed to the crime, but when he faced a judge Thursday morning - he entered a "not guilty" plea.
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Benner lived in the same apartment complex as Strous along Toscana Way in Charlotte's Steele Creek area.
Strous was engaged to be married just weeks before she died.