DRIGGS — The man accused of shooting and killing a pregnant teacher in July stood silent during an arraignment Friday morning.
39-year-old Erik Ohlson faces two first degree murder charges for the alleged shooting death of 39-year-old Jennifer Nalley and her unborn child. Prosecutors say they are pursuing the death penalty for Ohlson.
District Judge Bruce Pickett entered a plea of not guilty for both charges after Ohlson exercised his right to remain silent, according to Jim Archibald, Ohlson’s attorney.
Ohlson was arrested July 5 for a DUI after crashing his vehicle into a utility pole. While he was in custody, investigators say he admitted to shooting Nalley after coming to her home in Driggs.
Court documents show that Ohlson told investigators he was in a relationship with Nalley and was aware that she was pregnant.
A jury trial is scheduled to begin in January. Ohlson remains in the Teton County Jail on a one million dollar bond.