The two men charged in the May 12 murder of Trisha Pearson appeared in person for the first time Wednesday afternoon at the state Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks.

A public defender entered not guilty pleas on behalf of both men.

Jerad Jasper Zabriskie, 27, and Patrick Kendall Marsh, 25, are each charged with first-degree murder in the beating and strangulation death of Pearson at her Yankovich Road home.

Zabriskie, who allegedly traveled to Tok on the day Pearson was killed, also has been charged with murder solicitation.

Both men appeared at a felony group arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon on the fourth floor of the Rabinowitz Courthouse, where 11 other defendants were also scheduled to formally face their felony charges for the first time. Zabriskie wore a yellow prison jumpsuit and entered the courtroom chained together with three other inmates in yellow.

State judicial services officers led Marsh into the courtroom alone. He wore orange, the color worn by inmates who are held in administrative segregation at Fairbanks Correctional Center.