Pittman enters not-guilty plea at arraignment


Charles Pittman appears in Madison County Circuit Court Division I for his arraignment Nov. 10. | Photo by Amanda Rohde, staff photographer
Charles Pittman entered a not-guilty plea Monday, Nov. 10, at his arraignment in Madison County Circuit Court Division I.

Pittman is charged with first degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the February death of his fiancée, Olivia Greenlee.

His trial has been set for May 12-14. His last opportunity to negotiate a plea agreement will be March 16.

There are still reports pending at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime labs, according to the defense attorney.

Both Pittman and Greenlee were Union students scheduled to graduate May 2014. Pittman was a Christian ministries major. Greenlee was a music education major.

Greenlee was found dead Feb. 12 in her 2001 Toyota Corolla in the parking lot behind Luther Hall, an auxiliary building on Union’s campus. A 9mm handgun was found inside the locked car, and the preliminary cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the affidavit of complaint.

Pittman appeared in City Court July 10 for a preliminary hearing that included testimony from Investigator Ron Pugh of the Jackson Police Department and Ryan Keaton, a May graduate of Union who was Pittman’s roommate.

Assistant District Attorney Shaun Brown said in the hearing that Pittman took the gun from his roommate, showing premeditation.

“It’s the state’s position that the defendant took the gun, had all this planned out, did the act, sent the text messages and then did all this to cover it up,” Brown said.

George Googe, Pittman’s public defender, said he does not normally bring in evidence for the defense at the preliminary hearing.

“We’ve just heard one side of the story here from the state,” he said.

Read more information about the testimonies given at the preliminary hearing.

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