Brother Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Airman Charged in Woman's Death

Sasha Krause
This February 2019 photo released by Erica Sauder shows Sasha Krause, who authorities say disappeared from a Mennonite community near Farmington, N.M, in January 2020. Her body was found more than a month later in the forest outside Flagstaff, Ariz. (Erica Sauder via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The brother of an Air Force airman charged in the death of a Sunday school teacher has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to hinder prosecution.

Samuel Gooch entered the plea Monday in Coconino County Superior Court.

Authorities have accused him of flying to Arizona from Wisconsin in early May to pick up what he thought was the rifle used in the killing.

His younger brother, Mark Gooch, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting death of Sasha Krause, a 27-year-old who disappeared from the Mennonite community where she lived near Farmington, New Mexico, on Jan. 18.

Her body was found off a forest road north of Flagstaff more than a month later.

Samuel Gooch's next court hearing is scheduled for late July. He is not in custody.

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