Bryan Brackbill Jr.
Bryan Brackbill Jr.

A man accused of binding and killing a Carroll Township woman who had previously allowed him to live at her home was in York County Court on Tuesday for his formal arraignment.

Bryan Wayne Brackbill Jr. was arraigned on charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder, unlawful restraint, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

A pretrial conference in his case was set for Oct. 22.

Chief deputy prosecutor David Sunday said he will not seek the death penalty for Brackbill.

Known as "Big Country," the 33-year-old Brackbill is accused of killing Sandra Mulder, 52, inside her home in the 200 block of Chestnut Grove Road on June 2. He and a former girlfriend once lived at Mulder's home.

He then stole the victim's car, police allege.

Mulder's decomposing body was found June 2 on her bedroom floor, covered in a towel. Her legs were bound with duct tape and her hands were bound behind her back, according to testimony from Brackbill's July preliminary hearing.

Brackbill maintains his innocence, defense attorney Rick Robinson said.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo also can be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.