VANCOUVER, Wash. — A transient man accused of fatally shooting another man in July at a Washington state park has entered not-guilty pleas to first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The Columbian reports ( ) 27-year-old William Peek pleaded his innocence on Monday in connection to the death of 25-year-old Cody O’Brien.

O’Brien went missing July 17, on his 25th birthday, after visiting his girlfriend in Oregon. His body was discovered nine days later at Vancouver’s Arnold Park with a gunshot wound to the chest.

O’Brien’s mother went through her son’s phone after his death and found texts from Peek, who she then called. Court documents say Peek told her he met O’Brien at the park.

Authorities say a mutual acquaintance told them Peek was planning on killing O’Brien.

Information from: The Columbian,

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