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Cardeilhac pleads not guilty
March 20, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Fifteen-year-old Dylan Cardeilhac of Torrington, Wyo. entered a not guilty plea on a charge of first degree murder in the death of corrections officer Amanda Baker. If convicted, he could face from 40 years to life in the state penitentiary.

Cardeilhac, who is being held without bond in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center, made the plea during his arraignment Monday afternoon before District Judge Leo Dobrovolny. He is being represented by attorneys for the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy.

Court documents state that Cardeilhac, a juvenile inmate at the detention facility, lured the 24-year-old Baker into his cell in the early morning hours of Feb. 14 and strangled her as part of an escape attempt. He was found soon afterward, hiding in a neighboring cell, and taken into custody.

Cardeilhac was not in isolation when the incident occurred, but was in an individual cell in the juvenile section of the jail.

County Attorney Doug Warner had charged Cardeilhac as an adult in the first degree murder case.

Attorney Todd Lancaster represented Cardeilhac at the hearing and said they haven’t decided whether to request the case be remanded to juvenile court, as the law allows.

Dobrovolny set Cardeilhac’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. on May 25 for a pre-trial conference in Gering. District Judge Travis O’Gorman from Alliance will preside over that appearance.

Guy Eagle Elk, 16, was arraigned on March 14 in district court for aiding Cardeilhac in the fatal assault on Baker. He entered a not guilty plea to aiding and abetting first degree assault.

During a preliminary hearing, investigators said Eagle Elk had advised Cardeilhac on how to best apply a choke hold to render an officer unconscious and told him it would be easier to target a female.

During the arraignment, a tentative pre-trial conference was set for Eagle Elk on June 8 and the trial was set for the July 7 jury term. He remains in custody on $500,000 bond.
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