SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The wheels of justice inched along for a Mishawaka High School football player accused of stabbing a pregnant classmate to death.
The arraignment of 16-year-old Aaron Trejo Tuesday was brief, routine and virtual in nature. Trejo never left the jail, appearing on a courtroom monitor via closed circuit TV.
Trejo allegedly murdered 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang, whose body was discovered in a dumpster in Mishawaka Sunday morning. Rougselang was six months pregnant
It appears that some friends and family members of Trejo’s did attend the hearing in person, although they did not offer comment.
A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered on the teen’s behalf, and he chose not to decide at this time whether he would hire his own attorney or require the services of a public defender.
After the hearing, Kylie Guthrie told reporters that she was acquainted with someone close to the case and wanted to be in court to show her support for the Trejo family. Guthrie said she had been in the same courtroom earlier to answer to her own criminal charges.
Guthrie said she came to offer calm and good vibes, although she clearly had sympathy for the victim as well.
“I only saw (Rouhselang) when I went to Lance’s house," she said. "I used to hang with him, he was like my best friend and I just saw her a couple times, just a young innocent girl in sports, happy, I just don’t get it.”
Trejo will be back in court on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to face the judge who has been assigned to his case, Judge Elizabeth Hurley.