Matthew Cordle, the Ohio man who posted an emotional video confession online admitting to killing a man in a June drunken driving accident, pleaded not guilty in an Ohio court Wednesday. It was a move, legal experts say, that may be a tactic to have a new judge preside over his case.
Today Judge Julie Lynch set bail at $150,000 for the 22-year-old Cordle, who was indicted this week for one count of aggravated vehicular homicide for causing the death of Vincent Canzani, 61, on June 22, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Cordle turned himself in to police on Monday.
Cordle's lawyers said that he will not accept bail until he is able to enter his plea of guilty to the sentencing judge, who will be chosen at random.
Cordle made headlines after his video confession to killing Canzani went viral. In the video he said he'd take full responsibility and plead guilty. But Judge Lynch told ABC News that Cordle's lawyers decided that Cordle would plead not guilty at the last minute before an initial hearing on Tuesday.
"Everything was going to be guilty," she said. "I'm somewhat incensed by somebody who doesn't, isn't forthright with the court."