A Manchester man accused of killing his mother and her two house guests two years ago in East Hartford pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Superior Court in Hartford.
Brett Bednarz, 48, waived a preliminary hearing and entered the not guilty pleas to three counts of murder, as well as first-degree burglary, home invasion and capital felony, which could expose him to life in prison without the possibility of release.
He is due back in court Feb. 13. He is jailed in lieu of $3 million bail.
Bednarz is accused of killing his mother, Beverly Therrien, 74, and two people who were living with her, Michael Ramsey, 53, and Pamela Johns, 60. They were found dead on Thanksgiving Day 2010 in Therrien's raised ranch at 154 Naomi Drive in East Hartford.
East Hartford detectives worked for two years to build their case against Bednarz, who was charged on Oct. 15. He has been in custody since then.
The killings were especially brutal; The murder weapon was never found, but police suspect it was a drywall hammer. The victims suffered massive head injuries, and blood and brain matter were splattered from floor to ceiling in some parts of the house.
A company called Aftermath Inc. crime scene cleaners charged $46,877 to clean up the crime scene.
Bednarz had been convicted of assaulting his mother and a court order forced him to move from the Naomi Drive home. He was living with his sister, Candace Bednarz, in Manchester at the time of his arrest.
Shortly before her death, Therrien wrote to prosecutors in Manchester that she feared her son.
"I lay here night after night wondering if Brett will come back here to hurt me again," she wrote.
In a conversation with a court clerk in Manchester, Therrien said "she felt Brett Bednarz would kill her," according to the warrant for his arrest.