WALKER-A Cass Lake woman accused of obstructing the investigation into the shooting death of Brandi Shank (also known as Brandi Strong) pleaded not guilty to two felony charges Monday.
Sara Renae LaRose, 41, was charged in January with two counts of obstructing an investigation-aiding another who committed second-degree unintentional murder. Court documents say she gave investigators "false or misleading" information about the November killing of Shank, 25.
During a Monday hearing LaRose pleaded not guilty to both obstruction charges and demanded a speedy trial, now scheduled to begin July 31.
Brandon Joseph Roy, 24, of Cass Lake, was charged with the murder in November.
Prosecutors say Roy was the one who shot Shank through a closed bathroom door in the early hours on Sunday, Nov. 12, in Cass Lake. He has not entered a plea, though a judge is currently considering a motion to dismiss charges against him.
Shortly after the shooting, the Cass County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying that they were searching for Sara LaRose, her husband, Anthony LaRose, 28, and Ilesha Guinn, 25, who investigators said fled from the scene.
The trio was located in late November.
The complaint against LaRose says that the shooting occurred in her home, that she did not call 911 after she saw Shank had been shot, and that she drove Roy to his house after the shooting.
The complaint also outlines multiple conversations LaRose allegedly had with law enforcement, during which she toyed with the possibility of turning over the murder weapon.
LaRose is schedule to appear in court for a pretrial hearing July 16.