A man involved in a 17-hour manhunt in mid-March after the murder of five people across two state lines pled not guilty last week.
Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino made his not guilty plea in Montgomery County Circuit Court as he’s been charged in the death of Randy Nordman, of New Florence.
He allegedly shot the 49-year-old man at Nordman’s home located on Tree Farm Road, between Danville and New Florence.
Prior to the murder, Serrano-Vitorino’s truck was found abandoned nearby on I-70. With law enforcement officials uncertain where the fugitive was, nearby school districts didn’t take any chances.
Montgomery County was on an immediate lockdown with Missouri State Troopers placed at each school facility.
Closer to home, both Community R-VI and Wellsville-Middletown School Districts made decisions to lockdown schools and cancel all afternoon bus service.
Van-Far, which was a little farther in distance from where the Montgomery County murder occurred, decided to continue bus service in the afternoon.
Serrano-Vitorino, a Mexican national in the U.S. illegally, was apprehended without incident after being found hiding in a ditch near Interstate 70 and Highway 19.
He was held on a $2 million bond for four murders in Nebraska.
He was formally charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the Kansas City, Kansas killings, according to Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman. He could get life in prison or a death sentence. He attempted suicide while in custody after cutting himself with a safety razor.
He was transported to the hospital and was in stable condition.
Back in March, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Carroz charged him with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and burglary for the Serrano-Vitorino’s role in Nordman’s death.
He is scheduled to be in court again on August 3.