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2 people accused in gruesome Missoula murder plead not guilty

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MISSOULA - The suspects accused of killing two people on Strand Avenue in Missoula have pleaded not guilty to the crime during separate Wednesday court appearance.

26-year-old Augustus Standingrock and 23-year-old Tiffanie Pierce appeared in Missoula County District Court before Judge James Wheelis on Wednesday with prosecutors saying that he has been "violent" while in custody.

The bodies of Missoula residents Marilyn Pickett, 15, and Jackson Wiles, 24 were found on Aug. 17 and had been placed into plastic tubs filled with chemicals. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reported at the time that the initial investigation indicated that Pickett and Wiles died from stab wounds.

Their bodies were found when police arrived at the home with a search warrant in connection with a reported "home invasion burglary/stabbing” that occurred on July 23.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst says prosecutors do not plan to seek the death penalty for either suspect. Her reasoning behind that comes from a US Supreme Court decision that has deemed Montana’s death penalty unconstitutional.

Pabst says both of the suspects have caused security concerns since their time in jail.

However, Pierce’s attorneys made two motions, one of which asked that the incident reports about her behavior be sent directly from the detention center to Pierce, instead of receiving them after they have been in the hands of law enforcement or the county attorney’s office. The other motion requests that Pierce have access to the law library.

Pabst has one week to respond to both of those motions.

Pierce's next omnibus hearing is scheduled for December, and Standingrock's is not yet scheduled.

Pabst asked that he not appear in person for further hearings, due to security concerns while transporting him. Standingrock's attorneys responded that they want him to appear in person because of the gravity of the charges.

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