Plea entered for Hardin County man suspected of killing his parents

Erik Buggeland in court in Hardin County on Monday, November 1, 2010.
Erik Buggeland in court in Hardin County on Monday, November 1, 2010.

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - There are new developments in the search for justice for a Hardin County couple found murdered inside their home.

In the middle of September, Doctors Terje and Margaret Buggeland were found murdered, and their live-in son Erik was nowhere to be found.

While prosecutors have their suspect, it doesn't appear it will be a quick case.

Erik Buggeland was found in Tennessee eight days after his parents were discovered murdered.

The extradition process was difficult and it appears the court proceedings will also be, as in a rare move, he was arraigned for a second time Monday morning, November 1.

"No sir, I want no plea forever sir," Erik Buggeland said on the record during Monday's court proceedings when asked for a plea.

Buggeland continued his crusade to not enter a plea in court, which is what he pushed for about a week prior, on Tuesday, October 26, which was his first and unsuccessful arraignment.

After much back-and-forth in court Monday, Judge David Simcoe entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

"I haven't had any time with my defense team. I don't know what plea to enter. I don't know what's the best route for me to go," Erik Buggeland said to the judge.

The not-guilty plea should give him time to talk to his attorney, but whether he will continue on with public defenders or bring on his own lawyers remains in doubt.

"On his behalf...," a public defender starts to say before being cut off.

"No, you're not speaking on my behalf. I'm telling you. I don't need you on my side," Buggeland said to the attorney while on the record.

"We would ask that...," the attorney starts up again.

"No sir, no sir, no sir, he's not my lawyer, he's not defense team," Buggeland fired back.

Buggeland has previously been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for him in early December, which will also help them with how to best proceed in this case.

WAVE 3 News has learned that Terje and Margaret were beaten to death, and that Terje was also stabbed.

Erik Buggeland is being held on a $2 million bond.

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