Family, friends react as boyfriend pleads not guilty in the death of Kaylyn Whitaker

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A man who confessed to killing his girlfriend back in 2014 appeared in court Monday to face murder charges. Connor Scott pleaded not guilty to the crime. 

“I hate the way that it happened, and I just hope he one day does feel some remorse because today in that courtroom he didn’t at all,” Tayler Jackson said.  

Connor Scott was emotionless as he walked in and out of a Clark County, Ill. courtroom Monday, while friends and family of Kaylyn Whitaker left comforting each other and holding on to memories.  

“I rubbed it and rubbed it today and it helped me I think today,” Kaylyn’s mother, Leslie Roberts said of a picture of her daughter that she was holding.  

Scott had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday, but he waived that right and entered a plea of not guilty. 

This just a week after walking into a Danville, Ind. police station and confessing to the shooting death of his then girlfriend Kaylyn Whitaker in 2014.  

The case was originally ruled a suicide until being declared a homicide about 10 months later.  

Scott is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and if convicted could face a minimum of 45 years in prison.  

“We want to see justice for Kaylyn and it’s happening,” Roberts said. “This is progress. This is great progress.” 

With Scott behind bars Kaylyn’s family and friends say they are turning their attention on sharing Kaylyn’s memory,” Roberts said. 

“She always wanted to put a bright smile on your face, she’d find ways to do that, that was Kaylyn,” Roberts said. “And I think her friends would say the same thing. That’s why she had so many friends because she was contagious. People just love being around that girl. She was just an awesome beautiful girl. 

Scott’s next court date is set for April 24, with a jury trial set to start May 14. He currently sits in the Clark County Jail on $1 million bond. 

Three weeks before he confessed to Kaylyn’s murder, the state took Scott’s guns under a red flag law, claiming he was a danger.  

That court date is set for Thursday, March 7, which will go on as schedule though Scott will not be in attendance. 

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