Mackenzie Cowell murder suspect pleads not guilty

Published On: Sep 12 2011 11:43:24 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 20 2010 05:51:29 AM PDT

Despite evidence pointing to 29-year-old Christopher Wilson in the death of Wenatchee teen Mackenzie Cowell, he pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday to the charge of Second Degree Murder.

The courtroom was packed with supporters of Wilson who don?t think he murdered Cowell. When Wilson walked into the Chelan County Courtroom Wednesday morning his mother began to cry.

?He is innocent, I don?t believe he did it,? one supporter said.

?It?s not possible, he was such a generous nice guy to me and everybody else, he was so friendly to everybody,? another supporter said.

Investigators say there is compelling evidence against Wilson, including Cowell?s and Wilson?s DNA found on a piece of duct tape left near her body, which was found along the shores of the Columbia River in Crescent Bar.

Detectives also found a blood stain in Wilson?s studio apartment in Wenatchee that came from Cowell.

Investigators say there is more: ?We still have evidence at the crime lab that is being analyzed, we continue to submit evidence, we continue to interview people involved with Mr. Wilson,? Sergeant John Kruse said.

What investigators don?t have is a motive and that leaves Cowell?s friends wondering.

?I don?t think it had anything to do with Mackenzie, it was somebody who was sick and deviant and she was easy pray,? friend Robin Jones said.

In the same vein Jones said, ?The whole focus is Mackenzie, Mackenzie is the victim, Mackenzie didn?t ask to be abducted, she didn?t ask to be brutally murdered, she didn?t ask to be left on the shores of the river, she was 17, innocent, vibrant and an exciting young girl.?

Wilson?s attorney waived his right to a speedy trial because of the large amount of evidence that needs to be looked through.

Investigators say they are still waiting for possible evidence found in the car Wilson sold to a Spokane area resident to come back from the crime lab.