The youngest of two teens accused of killing his great-grandma pleaded not guilty.
Jodah Cain, 17, made his first appearance Wednesday afternoon in a Washington County courtroom.
He remained silent and listened intently as his charges were read.
His lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf for aggravated murder and murder charges he faces in the death of his great-grandma, Jacqueline Bell.
"He's presumed innocent, he is innocent and we look forward to working with authorities to get to the bottom of this case," Cain's defense attorney, Conor Huseby, said.
Bell died earlier this month as a result of blunt force trauma. She was found in her Cedar Mill home.
Washington County investigators believe Cain and his 19-year-old cousin, Micus Ward, killed Bell before taking off in her car towards Kansas City, where they both had lived.
Troopers arrested the pair after a high-speed chase in eastern Oregon.
So far, a motive has not been released.
According to Oregon law, the charge of aggravated murder could mean a couple of different things.
The defendant could've received money for committing the murder, solicited another person to commit the crime or the victim could've died as a result of intentional torture.
Cain is charged with two counts of each which could mean prosecutors have two theories for how the murder was committed. But since this is a secret indictment, so far that information is not public record.
Cain is being held without bail.
Both he and Ward will appear in court together Thursday at 4 p.m.
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