3 accused of killing Ervaeua Herring plead not guilty

A trial date has been set for June 13, 2016, but case will likely be delayed

(L-R) Demetruis Ray Brown, Geontae Brachaurd Jones and DeAnthony Paul Simmons, April 28, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – All 3 of the suspects currently charged with the death of Ervaeua Herring have formally been arraigned in court and have entered pleas of not guilty.

DeAnthony Paul Simmons, 22, appeared in court last week after being transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Simmons, along with 2 other men, has been indicted by a grand jury for the August 2014 death of Ervaeua Herring.

The other 2 suspects – Demetrius Ray Brown and Geontae Brachaurd Jones – were previously arraigned. Both men had been in custody on unrelated cases. Simmons was being held by the Department of Corrections as he served a prison sentence.

A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of each of the accused.

When the indictments against Brown, Jones and Simmons were unsealed, police said their investigation was on-going and that they expected the arrests of more individuals in connection to the case. It remains unknown if police have identified any additional suspects in the case.

A trial date has been set for June 13, 2016, but it is almost guaranteed that the case will get pushed back due to the on-going investigation and amount of pre-trial motions the defense attorneys are expected to file.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Homicide Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033 or via email at: anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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