- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A May trial has been scheduled for a man accused in the April strangulation of a fellow University of Mary Washington student.

Attorneys for Steven V. Briel are seeking an insanity defense on charges he killed 20-year-old Grace Mann in the house they shared with two other students.

The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1IWJbQ0 ) reports that Briel’s attorneys entered not guilty pleas Thursday to charges of first-degree murder, abduction and strangulation.

Briel was in court but did not speak. He is being held in Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The trial was scheduled for three days, starting May 2.

At a hearing earlier this year, Briel’s and Mann’s housemates said the defendant told them he had argued with Mann before he fled the house. They found her bound body.

Mann was from northern Virginia.

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