The Rohnert Park man charged with killing well-known guitar craftsman Taku Sakashta delayed entering pleas this afternoon to five felony charges in Sonoma County Superior Court.Joshua Rhea Begley, 28, said, “Not guilty your honor,” before Deputy Public Defender Charles Ogulnik advised him to delay entering a plea until Friday morning.Asked by Judge Rene Chouteau if he wanted to delay entering a plea until then, Begley, handcuffed and seated in a wheelchair, replied, “I don’t even understand what’s going on here so, yes, whatever.” Begley is charged with felony murder, robbery, burglary and evading police,and misdemeanor resisting an officer. He is being held under no bail in the Sonoma County jail.Chouteau will hear a request Friday by Deputy District Attorney Troye Shaffer to photograph Begley and take a DNA sample from him.Rohnert Park police found Sakashta’s body on Feb. 12 in bushes outside his guitar business at 643 Martin Ave. in Rohnert Park after his wife said he did not come home that night.The Sonoma County coroner’s office said he was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck, chest and hand. When Sakashta’s wife Kazuko went to her husband’s business early in the morning on Feb. 12,she found it “in a suspicious state,” Rohnert Park police said. She called police around 4 a.m. Shaffer would not say what was robbed from Sakashta or his guitar business. She said investigators are still submitting reports. Begley was arrested around 1 a.m. Monday at an apartment at 905 Civic Center Drive in Rohnert Park after a vehicle and foot pursuit.Outside court this afternoon, a Petaluma woman, who did not want to be identified, said Begley injured her 22-year-old daughter while holding her captive for 15 hours while driving around in a vehicle on Feb. 5 and 6.Her daughter managed to get to a safe public place where Begley was ordered to leave the premises,she said. Her daughter never filed charges against Begley because she feared retaliation, she said.The woman said she then got an emergency protective order against Begley and attempted to serve him with it when he showed up at her house on Feb. 8. Begley fled and was arrested by Petaluma police but he escaped using a key he had hidden in his mouth to unlock his handcuffs. He was quickly re-arrested at the Sonomarin Land Materials supply yard in Petaluma. He was booked into the Sonoma County jail for being under the influence of a controlled substance and escaping police custody but he posted bail and was released days before Sakashta’s murder.Begley has felony convictions for burglary, robbery and theft and misdemeanor convictions for vandalism, weapons, drugs, and assault and battery offenses dating back to 1999, according to Sonoma County Superior Court records.
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