Cloquet Man Pleads Not Guilty In Double Homicide

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 at 11:08 am

A Cloquet man that is accused in the shooting deaths of a Minnesota couple last winter entered a plea of not guilty on Friday.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, 28-year-old David Joshua Annette pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder on Friday. He is charged with two counts each of premeditated first-degree murder and first-degree murder while attempting to commit first-degree burglary. Annette’s girlfriend is charged with aiding and abetting the crimes.

The couple is accused in the murders of Kim Schmitz and Thomas Holm. Schmitz and Holm were killed in their home in January, both were 53.

Annette’s defense attorney told the judge that he is going to challenge the admissibility of statements Annette gave to authorities. He also said he plans on challenging the search warrants executed to gather evidence against Annette.

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