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Hohenwald Pleads Not Guilty

Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 7:18 am

HohenwaldThe man accused of killing Knife Lake residents Larry and Lois Steenerson last February pleaded not guilty to murder charges, Friday, in Kanabec County Court.

Craig Matthew Hohenwald, 28, faces six counts for the murders, including four first degree murder charges and two second degree murder charges.

The first degree charges each carry a penalty of life in prison.  Initially, he was charged with with four counts of second degree murder.

A psychological evaluation found no evidence that Hohenwald is incapable of understanding the proceedings or participating in his defense.

According to the criminal complaint, officers found Larry Steenerson with between 30-40 stab wounds.   He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Lois Steenerson was found with multiple stab wounds near the shoulder, collar bone, and chest.  She was transported to the Kanabec County Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Hohenwald was arrested at the scene.  A bloody gun was found underneath the passenger seat of the vehicle where Hohenwald was sitting. Deputies found an empty pistol holder on one of the steps in the home.

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