The New York man accused of killing Instagram star Bianca Devins wore a bulletproof vest in court on Monday for pleading for the murder not guilty.
Brandon Clark, 21, from Cicero, was charged with a second-degree murder in Oneida County Court in connection with the death of 17-year-old Devins, with whom he had spent at least two months.
Devins, known among her 170,000 Instagram followers as an e-girl who posted about emomode and video games, was murdered on July 14 after arguing with Clark, who according to police cut her throat in a fit of jealousy after she another kissed man during a concert in Queens.
The case went horror nationwide after Clark, who tried to cut his own throat when the police arrived on the scene, posted photos of Devin's body on both Instagram and Discord, a popular chat app among teenagers.
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Brandon Clark, 21, from Cicero, New York, who is accused of killing Instagram star Bianca Devins (pictured) wore a bulletproof vest in court on Monday (left) because he pleaded for not guilty of her murder
Devins' lovers were present in the courtroom when Clark made the non-guilty plea, with many wearing pink and attractive pins with the text & # 39; Justice for Bianca & # 39 ;.
Relatives said the teenager was set up in the fall to visit Mohawk Valley Community College and hoped to pursue a career in psychology.
Friends said that Clark was a good family friend known to Bianca, and not just an & # 39; internet friend & # 39; she met on Instagram, as previously reported.
However, it is not clear whether the two were involved in a romantic relationship.
Bianca Devins (left), known to her 170,000 Instagram followers as an e-girl, was murdered on July 14 after arguing with Clark (right), who according to police cut her throat in a fit of jealousy after she kissed another man during a concert in Queens
Police say the couple had been to a concert in New York City Saturday night and that they had later returned to Utica.
They spent a few hours in Clark & # 39; s SUV. According to internet chat rooms and comments Bianca made to friends during her last hours, they smoked marijuana together in the car.
Earlier in the night another young man was with them. One of Bianca & # 39; s friends told Rolling Stone on July 16 that Clark had become jealous because he thought she was flirting with the other man.
Messages Bianca sent during the concert indicated that Clark saw her kiss another man and became jealous.
Utica Police Lieutenant Bryan Coromato said they received a call on the morning of July 14 that led them to the crime scene.
& # 39; We received a call from one of the parents who was worried about some of the things that were happening in the relationship right now, & # 39; he said.
Clark posted a photo of her body with the caption & # 39; I'm sorry Bianca & # 39; on Instagram, which has been criticized for not having deleted it for almost a day.
He also had & # 39; May you never forget me & # 39; scribbled on the road next to them.
Allegedly he also posted a photo on Discord, with the caption & # 39; Sorry ladies, you need to find someone else to get a job. & # 39;
Orbit refers to the term & # 39; beta biters & # 39; on the internet, supposedly low value men who cling to the social media accounts of e-girls hope in vain for mutual interest.
Friends say that Bianca, who posted about emo mode and video games, and her family knew Clark well, but it is unclear whether they were dating or just friends
After photos of her body appeared online, many people called 911 to report it. The police were already trying to find the couple when he called himself.
The police arrived on the morning of July 14 to see Clark lying on the floor next to a black SUV.
When the officer approached, he started stabbing himself in the neck with a knife.
The officer asked for emergency medical assistance when Clark then placed himself over a green sail that lay on the ground.
He was then taken to a hospital for emergency surgery, with his injuries described as & # 39; serious & # 39; but not life threatening.
Clark was offered a plea on Monday for the maximum possible punishment, namely 25 years to life, WKTV reported.
Clark was indicted a week later by a Grand Jury in the province of Oneida.
Clark is being held without bail. The following court date has been set for September 16.
The investigation is still ongoing, according to Clark's lawyer, Luke Nebush.
Clark (shown in court on Monday), who tried to cut his own throat when the police arrived on the scene, would have posted photos of Devin's body on both Instagram and Discord, a chat app that popular among teenagers. Clark was offered a plea on Monday for the maximum possible punishment, namely 25 years to life. Clark is being held without bail. The following court date has been set for September 16. The investigation is still ongoing, said Clark's lawyer, Luke Nebush
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