plead not guilty (to something)

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plead not guilty (to something)

To formally deny that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant pleaded not guilty, and he will go to trial where he will face the possibility of life in prison, or even death. My client pleads not guilty, your honor.
See also: guilty, not, plead
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The lawyer for Mark Smich says the Oakville, Ont., resident will plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma, the Hamilton man who disappeared earlier this month after taking two men on a test drive of his truck.
She indicated she would plead not guilty to the offence and elected to be tried by a crown court jury.
Leighton Bennett, of Achal Close, Little Heath, Coventry, appeared at Leeds Crown Court to plead not guilty to the charge.
His father, Rasiklal Karia, 60, of the same address, and brother Nishad Karia, 27, both plead not guilty to affray.