MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -

A May trial has been scheduled for a 36-year-old man accused of strangling a Mason City woman last year.

Aaron Harris has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge. Authorities say he killed 40-year-old Sarah Winters on July 10. Her body was discovered in a Mason City apartment.

The trial is scheduled to begin on May 14 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

A hearing is scheduled April 1 to review the prior representation by the Office of the Public Defender of a witness in Harris' case. Harris' attorney is public defender Susan Flander.