The Winchester man accused of killing his mother and setting fire to her home has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.
The attorney for 48-year-old Kenneth Broncheau entered the plea Tuesday in Nez Perce Tribal Court to murder, aggravated arson, aggravated domestic battery and a weapons offense.
Broncheau’s mother, 66-year-old Carol Haskell, died at her home in Winchester late Thursday. Neighbors say they heard gunshots and saw smoke in the house before Broncheau emerged from the residence with a gun. A neighbor took the gun from him and police arrested Broncheau at the scene. Broncheau is currently being held in the Nez Perce County Jail.
The case is being jointly prosecuted by the tribe and the U.S. government because Broncheau is a tribal member.
The next hearing is scheduled for July 26.