LENOIR, N.C. -- Elisa Baker, the stepmother of Zahra Baker, pleaded not guilty to four counts of identity theft in Caldwell County Court on Wednesday.
SWAT officers were on hand as Baker was led from an unmarked car into the courthouse.
She is currently jailed in Catawba County, charged in the death of her 10-year old stepdaughter last year.
Baker did not speak. Her attorney, Scott Riley, entered the not guilty pleas for her to charges she used the name and other personal information of one of her daughters to get electricity turned on at a house where the family was living in March 2010.
Prosecutors urged the judge to set an August trial date for Baker on the fraud charges.
Riley objected saying the state had just turned over evidence to him and he needed time to review it.
Riley said Baker was being treated differently because of the high-profile nature of the murder charge against her.
The judge did not set a trial date but said he might when Baker is due back in court on July 11.