Agnes Tirop’s husband pleads not guilty 

Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of slain Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, was charged with her murder and pleaded not guilty in an Eldoret Court on Tuesday.

Rotich, 41, had been ordered last week to undergo a mental health test before entering a plea.

Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on Oct. 13, in a case that has shone a spotlight on violence against women in the east African country.

Rotich appeared in court in handcuffs, wearing a black jacket and a cap. He looked down at the floor for most of the proceedings.

Rotich’s lawyer, Joseline Mitei, declined to discuss the details or results of his mental health evaluation.

“I intend to put formal application in court for my client to be released on bail,” Mitei said.

The bail hearing is set for Dec. 1.