Shubert Enters Not Guilty Plea

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A man accused of murder in Franklin County pleads not guilty.

Brent Shubert, the Canon man accused in the murder of his fiancé last year, entered a not guilty plea on all counts in Franklin County Superior Court in Carnesville Thursday afternoon in the death of Bonnie Ann Cooner.

Cooner went missing in late January last year from the home she and her 12-year old son shared with Shubert in Canon.

An intensive search was launched to find Cooner that involved Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigators, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, friends, and relatives.

Cooner’s body was found two weeks later, in early February 2013, down an abandoned well near her home.

Shubert was arrested several hours later in Anderson, South Carolina and returned to Franklin County.

Last March, a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted  the 38-year old Shubert on one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder, and one count of concealing the death of another.

No trial date has been set yet.

Franklin County Clerk of Court Missy Holbrook said the next scheduled court appearance for Shubert is set for July 7 for a status hearing.

Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White is seeking the death penalty in the case.