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Inmate Ordered to Trial in SW Mo. Killings

Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:23 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jun 18, 2013 9:28 PM

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A state prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial for the 2011 stabbing deaths of an elderly couple in their southwest Missouri home.

KYTV reports a Greene County judge found sufficient evidence to try 25-year-old Jose Huckleberry on two counts of first-degree murder plus burglary and armed criminal action. The ruling followed a preliminary hearing Monday.

Huckleberry was charged in February with killing 80-year-old Helen Willingham and her 81-year-old husband, Don Willingham, at their home west of Springfield.

At the time of the killings, Huckleberry was awaiting trial on a burglary charge for which he's now serving five years.

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