[UPDATED] Chris McAmis Enters Not Guilty Plea in Lynsie Ekelund Killing

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UPDATE, MARCH 22, 12:44 P.M.: Today, after months of delays, 31 32 -year-old Christopher McAmis entered a plea of not guilty to allegedly murdering and attempting to rape Placentia woman Lynsie Ekelund a decade ago.

This was McAmis' fourth appearance at the Superior Court in uptown Whittier since his arrest last October. As with previous appearances, he was clad in a blue Los Angeles County jail jumpsuit, hands cuffed in front of him, as he was led into the courtroom's glass holding chamber. "I love you," he mouthed to his wife, Kim McAmis, before entering his plea.

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Lynsie Ekelund
Later, after conferring with prosecutor Michael Michelena outside the courtroom, a teary Nancy Ekelund conceded she was overwhelmed by the possibility of a long trial for her daughter's accused killer.

"The process doesn't protect the peace and dignity of Lynsie or her family," she said.

She also wondered how
McAmis could plead not guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence.

"It's just not right," she said.


McAmis is scheduled to return to court on April 12 for a preliminary hearing.


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Christopher McAmis booking photo.
ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 20, 8:42 P.M.: Accused murderer Chris McAmis requested a new arraignment date today via his public defender, Leslie Gordon, at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Whittier. Commissioner Armando Moreno granted the request and set a new date for March 22, though he warned there would be no further continuances.

That will be the third arraignment hearing for the 32-year-old Fullerton man, whom police say strangled Fullerton College student Lynsie Ekelund 10 years ago, then dumped her body in a remote canyon in Santa Clarita. (See "Lynsie Ekelund's Accused Killer Awaits Arraignment.") McAmis is currently in the custody of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deparment. He is being held without bail.

Gordon told Moreno she needed the continuance to examine several recorded witness statements taken by law-enforcement investigators and said there were also "forensic issues" that needed to be examined. She added she has been working two other trials concurrently. Meanwhile, McAmis, clad in a blue jail-issued jumpsuit, his hands cuffed in front of him, kept his head down except to say "yes" when asked if he understood he was waiving his right to a speedy preliminary hearing. 

Outside the courtroom, a misty-eyed Nancy Ekelund, the victim's mother, expressed disappointment at the slow pace of the proceedings, but added, "I waited nine and a half years; I can wait two more months."
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Bruised
Bruised

This man does not feel guilt, he doesn’t feel love, he doesn’tfeel anything but selfishness and rage. He's a monster, a murderer and arapist. He takes whatever he wants and he's willing to destroy himself andanyone in his way to get it. And, I can say whatever I want with authoritybecause I actually did know him. I remember when Lynsie went missing and Ialways thought he did it, but because he doesn’t feel guilt he can look you inthe eye and lie as cleanly as white sticks to rice. His saving grace is that heisn’t too bright, so when he got cornered, he finally confessed. He confessedto it with as much emotion as someone would describe a boring game of cat andmouse they once took part in. He doesn’t care even now that he murdered abeautiful young girl, then hid her body so that her family would search foryears without even the right to bury her in their hearts. Now he's claiming notguilty? That’s rich! I suppose on some basis he could claim that he doesn’tfeel 'guilt' and that would be true, all the more reason to fry his ass. If youask me he's just using whatever means he has now to torture Lynsie's familyfurther. Let us not forget that he not only has a documented history ofmentally and physically abusing women, but after he confessed he also leadinvestigators strait to Lynsie's remains which were conveniently enough locatedin a construction area that he and his father had been working on when Lindseywent missing. Not guilty? What a sick joke. It sounds to me 'Jenny' like youneed to open your eyes girl and get past that Opie Taylor laugh he's got andsee him for the psycho he is. Lynsie liked him, she trusted him and he murderedher for it. Or do you think that Ted Bundy wasn’t that bad either?

 

That said, where is the update on this case? I’d like toknow what happens with it.

Whome
Whome

jenny/gabriela:

look at the links right above these comments where it shows other related stories and directly in the title you can see the word "accused". the only time they mention rape and murder is when they are listing the charges. you should try typing out your messages in a word document since your spelling and grammar make it hard to read your posts. of course, most murders you support probably don't care about those mistakes.

Guest
Guest

Jenny/Gabriela (same person per spelling errors) must be in love with murderers and rapists. Your right, no one probably knew who he was because he led a secret double life until the past caught up with him. You are as bad as he is for supporting a murderer. Go ahead and wait for him to come out of jail, because its not going to be anytime soon. The defense attorney is probably just waiting for a plea deal so they don't seek the death penalty, then he will plea guilty. Go back to school and learn.

Jenny
Jenny

I don't no who the F u are you just need to shit your mouth UP,you don't even no who this person is.You are a BASTARD!

Guest
Guest

I can only hope he gets beat to a pulp and becomes someones prison bitch. When he dies, hopefully from a rusty shank, his body should be cremated and flushed down a toilet like the piece of sh*t that he is.

Guest
Guest

Wow Gabriela, seriously - he didnt confess because of GUILT - he confessed because they CAUGHT HIM AND SHOWED HIM PROOF THAT THEY CAUGHT HIM!

Itsme
Itsme

Gabriela: you need to go back and read the old articles because theyve always said "allegedly". Maybe your reading comprehension is not up to par, but you are wrong there. I feel safe knowing he will never be able to possibly kill his wife or hurt his daughters. He already confessed on tape and took them to the body. He needs to man up and take his punishment. If he's looking for a plea, than work it out now so that both families can move on. Leading his wife on is only hurting the situation.

Guest
Guest

No one will support a murderer. I support the police 100%

Gabriela
Gabriela

Apology for a couple typos before someone wants to call me vulgar names bc of it: intil - meant untilahead - meant "go ahead and confess"All right, have a great evening.

Gabriela
Gabriela

First, this goes nine years or so without any clue intil HE confessed (if he didn't feel the guilt, this case would be unsolved still).I feel SO safe now. The police is doing a great job! Of course I'm being sarcastic...Second, according to your previous note he RAPED and MURDERED, now you are typing "allegedly" and "attempting"...I trust the media SO much more today and OF COURSE I'm being sarcastic too.Nobody gets their story together, everybody is talking, and the people involved get to hear all the trash you say.I know it is your job, but I think there can be decent journalism out there. Good writing still sells. Please, get your act together and do what we expect you to do: REPORT.I wish (eventually) peace to both families, and I wish our justice system some light to do their job.We cannot expect all people to ahead and confess, when as we see here, they won't even have the guts to insult people to their face or at least saying who's the one saying it...As I said, there is real people suffering in each one of these type of cases, and being vulgar does not show support. Shows...vulgarity.

Mary
Mary

Just awful. It's all in the evidence and The finger is pointing at him. The Public defender is probably just trying to save his dirty butt from the death penaty.

guest
guest

Freaking BASTARD just needs to man the EFF UP AND take what's coming to him. He confessed on VIDEO that he did it, now the murdering a-hole is lying to prolong the eminent.

Guest #1
Guest #1

Hi Jenny, or should I say Gabriella? (Yeah, your spelling gave you away)

Why would you defend this RAPIST AND MURDERER?

Seriously - you need to re-prioritize who you're rooting for....

Jenny
Jenny

Guest piece of Sh*t, I hope you get beat up by a Gay man out here because you sound like a Bitch right now!

Guest
Guest

I want to follow up on this a bit more. You said they had no clue until he just flat out confessed? Maybe you forgot the part where they arrested Him with evidence and used that to get the confession? Looks like the Police did just fine to me... So much for guilt, eh?

Jenny
Jenny

seriously you just stupid,what a waste of my time talking to freaking low life like youyou don't know any thing then you called yourself Guest, are you Re-tart.

Guest
Guest

Really Jenny? I never raped and killed a girl and buried her at the construction site owned by my father. He led the police to the body.! Are you one of those crazy ladies that are attracted to dangerous men? Why would you defend him? For your information I am no bastard.. my parents are married.

Guest
Guest

You haven't answered my question yet. Why would you defend a CONFESSED rapist and MURDERER? Jenny/Gabriela

Guest
Guest

What is a re-tart exActly, Gabriella?

Guest
Guest

Whatever... your a creepy lady who loves dirtbags. Maybe Chris can introduce you to his cell mates. You can become pin pals and maybe you can find yourself a husband. Devil Woman!

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