Claremont Murder-Accused Pleads Not Guilty, Will Go To Trial
The man accused of Perth's Claremont serial killings has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Bradley Robert Edwards faces nine charges including the murders of 23-year-old Jane Rimmer, 27-year-old Ciara Glennon and Sarah Spiers, 18, in 1996 and 1997.
All three woman disappeared from Claremont's entertainment strip in the city's affluent western suburbs.
The bodies of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon's body were discovered in bushland weeks after they were killed, but Ms Spiers' body has never been found.
Edwards was charged with the murder of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon after a raid on his Kewdale home in December 2016.
He was charged with Ms Spiers' murder in February.
Edwards is also charged with indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman during a break-in at her Huntingdale home in February 1988 and abducting and raping a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta Cemetery, near Claremont, in February 1995 - almost a year before Ms Spiers disappeared.
Bespectacled and wearing prison greens, Edwards appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on Wednesday via video link from Hakea remand prison and showed no emotion as he entered his pleas.
The prosecution is pushing for provisional trial dates to be set as soon as possible, hoping it can be completed before the end of next year.
Edwards will face court for a mention in September.
The fathers of two of the murder victims, Denis Glennon and Don Spiers, declined to speak with media outside court.
The case, dubbed Operation Macro, has gripped WA for decades and is believed to be Australia's longest-running and most expensive police investigation.
The trial promises to be epic, with the court hearing earlier this year that police were preparing an excel spreadsheet of evidence numbering more than 1.5 million pages.