YERINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It's a story that shocked northern Nevada. Five people were murdered within days of each other in Fernley and near the Mustang exit of Interstate 80. The man who is behind bars for the crimes was expected to plead guilty, but he wants to face a jury.
Back in early October, Jeremiah Bean was expected to take a plea deal. He would plead guilty and in exchange he wouldn't face the death penalty and several charges against him would be dropped.
But Bean surprised even his lawyer with a not-guilty plea, and he is sticking to it.
After hearing, in detail, the list of 19 charges he is facing and the potential sentences - including the possibility of the death penalty - Bean entered his third plea of not guilty.
Bean is facing charges including murder, grand larceny, and arson in connection with the May deaths of five people.
After Bean's last not-guilty plea in October, his previous attorney John Arrascada recused himself.
Richard Davies is taking over.
"I think people are going to be surprised when they hear the full story what was going on," Davies said. "It's much more complicated and much more interesting than what they may think."
It's a story we'll hear sooner rather than later. Not only did Bean plead not guilty, he also asked for a speedy trial within 60 days.
In response the judge asked not once, but twice, if bean is sure he wants to expedite the case.
"You understand that is probably not the advice of your counsel, and that might in fact not be a good move in this case," District Judge Bill Rogers said. "You understand?"
Bean said yes.
Davies said it is his clients right to make that choice, and he will respect it.
"We feel like we have a really good handle on our defense theory," Davies said. "We're already pursuing a lot of leads. It's challenging but it's not impossible."
The trial is set to begin in Lyon County on December 16 at 9 a.m. and is expected to last about three weeks.
Between now and then they will have periodic status hearings, and News 4 will continue to bring you the latest on the case as it develops.