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Judge rejects guilty plea in brutal slaying of Charleston woman

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There has been a shocking twist in a murder case that stretches back two years, and it means the victim's family is still searching for closure.

Charles March was wheeled into Judge Duke Bloom's courtroom on Wednesday.  He tried to take responsibility for strangling and dismembering Kathy Goble in 2010.

However, Bloom would not accept his guilty plea.

A failed suicide attempt in August, plus forensic evidence that the state is still waiting on, are just a couple of reasons why Bloom made his decision.

"It is your right to plead guilty and if, when we come back in a few weeks, that's what we want to do, then we certainly can proceed at that time," Bloom told March.

March even tried to convince Bloom to let him enter a guilty plea.

"Sir, I am fine. I just like to get this over with today if that's possible," March said.

Bloom said he wanted to make sure everything was handled properly.

"It's my obligation to make sure there is an adequate record that's going to serve the interest of justice today as well as down the road," Bloom said.

For Goble's friends and family, the hearing was a disappointment.

It's been two-and-a-half years since Goble was brutally killed.

She disappeared in 2010, but her remains weren't found until two years later on March's Chesapeake property.

It's been a long road for the people who knew and loved her.

"It's been difficult for me and her sons and all of her family members. She was, like has been said before, she was always happy and brought joy to everyone whether it be a holiday or any other day. It's just difficult," said Billy Herrald, Goble family spokesperson and longtime friend.

March now has an extra few weeks to decide if he still wants to plead guilty.

March's defense team has advised him not to enter a guilty plea.

Since March planned to enter the plea against the advice of his attorneys, Bloom also ordered that an independent attorney be added to the team.

He said this will ensure whether or not March fully understand the consequence of pleading guilty, which includes the possibility of life in prison.

March will return to court on December 26. He will either plead guilty or go to trial.