DYER COUNTY, Tenn. — A man charged with murder more than a decade after his wife’s death in 2011 entered a plea of not guilty in a West Tennessee court Wednesday.

David Swift was appointed a public defender because he could not afford an attorney, the Dyer County district attorney said. A bond has not been set, and the next court date was set for Oct. 4.

Swift did not answer any questions as he was led out of the Dyer County courthouse in handcuffs, wearing a yellow jumpsuit.

“We’re glad that we’re actually moving forward at this point,” said Dyer County District Attorney General Danny Goodman. “It’s good to see that the process has started and that we’ll be able to move forward and hopefully have justice for the family.”

Karen Swift’s body was found in a cemetery near her home on Dec. 10, 2011. She had been reported missing on Oct. 30 of that year. An autopsy report stated she died from blunt force trauma to the head and had multiple bone fractures.

Her husband, David Swift, was reportedly the last person to see her alive when she returned home from a Halloween party at the Dyersburg Country Club, the Dyer County sheriff’s office said.

Court records showed Karen Swift was in the process of filing for divorce a few weeks before she disappeared.

David Swift’s indictment was announced this week. Investigators always said he was uncooperative and suspicious, but he was never charged — until  now.

Swift, who has since remarried and moved to a home outside Birmingham, Alabama, was arrested Monday and extradited to Dyer County.

A woman who answered the phone at his Birmingham home on Wednesday said “No comment” and hung up.

Swift’s newly appointed public defender told the judge Wednesday there will be many documents for his office to review. After all, this case has been under a microscope for more than a decade.