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A Wentzville, Missouri, man pleaded not guilty to all charges in the murder of Edwardsville attorney Randy Gori. 28 year old Timothy Banowetz was formally indicted by a Madison County Grand Jury on Thursday on 3 counts of first degree murder, 3 counts of armed robbery and 3 counts of aggravated unlawful restraint in the January 4 crime.
Banowetz remains held without bond in the Madison County Jail. Authorities say Gori and his two children were confronted by Banowetz in Gori’s Edwardsville home where he tied up all three, then stabbed Gori to death. He fled the scene with Gori’s car when a woman approached the house, but was found by police the next day not far from the home in a wooded area along with the vehicle. Banowetz was a student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, but investigators have not released any additional information on a possible connection between him and the victims. Gori was a prominent attorney, founding a national law firm based in Edwardsville, and was known for his support of many community projects, events and charities.