The Prince Albert man charged with the murder of Monica Burns has pleaded not guilty.

Burns’ body was found northwest of the city on a remote snowmobile trail on January 17.

Just under two weeks later, 38-year-old Todd McKeaveney was arrested and charged with second degree murder in relation to Burns’ death.

McKeaveney appeared via video in a courtroom Thursdat morning to enter the not guilty plea and to request a trial by judge and jury.

A preliminary hearing has been set for September 28 in Prince Albert and McKeaveney will be remanded at the Regina Correctional Centre until then.

Members of Burns’ family were in court this morning for the plea, but declined to comment to the media.