Cloquet Man Pleads Not Guilty In Double Shooting

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A Cloquet man accused in the shooting deaths of a northeastern Minnesota couple this winter has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.

A Duluth News Tribune report says 28-year-old David Joshua Annette entered the pleas Friday. His girlfriend is charged with aiding and abetting the crimes.

The couple is accused in the slayings of Kim Schmitz and Thomas Holm in the victims’ Cromwell home in January. Both victims were 53.

Annette’s defense attorney, Keith Shaw, told the judge he’ll challenge at trial the admissibility of statements his client gave to authorities. Shaw also says he’ll challenge the search warrants executed to gather evidence against his client.

Annette is charged with two counts each of premeditated first-degree murder and first-degree murder while attempting to commit first-degree burglary.

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  • LIFE


  • pat

    too bad the couple couldn’t get to a gun themselves, then these monsters would be dead and we wouldn’t be spending good money on a trial and incarerating them for the next 50 years.

  • tom

    @Pat, that is why you should already have a few laying around the house locked and loaded, I actually wear one constantly just for this reason. better to be judged by 12 then carried by six

    • OOICU812



    NEED LIFE! Its time this state gets out OLD SPARKEY and fry their A____!

  • KegHead

    This is sounding like St. Louis more everyday.

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