Nicholas Godejohn, the Wisconsin man accused of killing his girlfriend's mother in June 2015, appeared in Greene County court Thursday.
Godejohn, authorities say, plotted online with his girlfriend, Gypsy Blanchard, before coming to her Greene County home and stabbing her mother, 48-year-old Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard.
Godejohn, 28, had been set for a bench trial later this summer but asked for a jury trial Thursday.
"He has changed his mind," said Dewayne Perry, the public defender representing Godejohn.
Godejohn came into the courtroom with a full beard and holding a large yellow envelope with "LEGAL" handwritten across it in black marker.
A hearing to determine whether Godejohn will have a jury or bench trial was scheduled for June 23.
Gypsy Blanchard, 25, was sentenced in July 2016 to 10 years in prison for her role in the murder.
Family members say Dee Dee Blanchard imprisoned her daughter and forced her to pretend she was disabled.
The case — which would eventually capture the interest of national news outlets and inspire an HBO documentary — began on June 14, 2015, when friends of Dee Dee Blanchard noticed a post on her Facebook page stating, "That B---- is dead."
The friends couldn't get hold of Dee Dee or Gypsy Blanchard, so they went to the family's home in the 2100 block of North Volunteer Way, just north of the Springfield city limits.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate, and deputies found Dee Dee Blanchard stabbed to death inside, according to authorities.
Gypsy Blanchard, who friends and neighbors believed to be disabled and possibly suffering from leukemia, was thought to be missing.
Authorities quickly found Gypsy Blanchard in Wisconsin. And two days after her mother's body was found, Gypsy Blanchard was charged with murder, along with her boyfriend, Godejohn.
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott held a news conference to announce the charges.
He told the news outlets present that Gypsy Blanchard can walk without assistance and the family had been running a long financial fraud scheme.
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