A Cambria man accused of killing his half-brother pleaded not guilty to murder during his initial court appearance Monday.
Brandon Noble Hens-lee, 22, appeared in court for his arraignment. He’s charged with murder and two enhancements: one for use of a deadly weapon and another for committing a crime with a prior felony.
Investigators say Henslee murdered his half-brother, Tyler Daniel Hanks, 20, and dumped the body under some pine trees on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, about two blocks from their home.
Henslee was arrested on a parole violation Aug. 26, the same day the body was found. He has since been held in County Jail without bail.
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During his hearing Monday, Henslee was assigned an attorney and given his next court date, a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.
Hanks, one of three brothers, attended Leffingwell High School and graduated from Grizzly Youth Academy in San Luis Obispo.