The Latest: Plea deal unlikely for man charged in killing 3

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) " The Latest on a New Jersey man charged with killing three women (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

It's unlikely a New Jersey man charged with killing three women and attempting to kill a fourth will get a plea deal.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver pleaded not guilty at a court appearance Monday.

When asked whether his office would offer a deal to Wheeler-Weaver, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Adam Wells said he would be "surprised if he would take a plea that would satisfy us."

Wheeler-Weaver didn't speak during the brief hearing. His attorney, Shevelle McPherson, said afterward the 20-year-old "has a lot of family support" and is in "a good state of mind" given the allegations against him.

An indictment also charges him with kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated arson and desecrating human remains.

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10:45 a.m.

A New Jersey man charged with killing three women and attempting to kill a fourth has pleaded not guilty.

An attorney entered the plea Monday for 20-year-old Khalil Wheeler-Weaver. He was charged last month in the deaths and sexual assaults of the three women between September and November.

Wheeler-Weaver is charged in the deaths of 20-year-old New Jersey City University student Sarah Butler, of Montclair; 33-year-old Joanne Brown, of Newark; and 19-year-old Robin West, of Philadelphia.

He also was charged with attempting to kill a 34-year-old woman in November. Investigators say she survived and was released from a hospital.

Wheeler-Weaver's attorney has said the evidence is circumstantial.

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6:30 a.m.

A New Jersey man charged with killing three women and attempting to kill a fourth is due in court.

A grand jury indicted Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, in the deaths and sexual assaults of the three women between September and November.

He's scheduled to appear in court in Newark Monday.

Wheeler-Weaver is charged in the deaths of 20-year-old New Jersey City University student Sarah Butler, of Montclair; 33-year-old Joanne Brown, of Newark; and 19-year-old Robin West, of Philadelphia.

Defense attorney Shevelle McPherson said in December the evidence was circumstantial.

He was charged with attempting to kill a 34-year-old woman in November, but investigators said she survived and was released from a hospital.

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