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Defendants plead not guilty in Clark slayings

By Associated Press
Published On: May 22 2013 03:50:55 PM MDT
Updated On: May 22 2013 04:00:32 PM MDT
CODY TEENS, MURDER
CODY, Wyo. -

Two teenagers charged in the shooting deaths of a woman and her parents near the Wyoming-Montana border earlier this year have pleaded not guilty.
    
Stephen Hammer and Tanner Vanpelt, both 19 years old, appeared before District Judge Steven Cranfill in Cody on Wednesday.
    
The Powell Tribune (www.powelltribune.com) reports that defense lawyers entered the pleas for each defendant.
    
Prosecutors charge the teens shot and killed Ildiko Freitas and her parents, Janos and Hildegard Volgyesi, at a residence in the small community of Clark on March 2.
    
The teens face 11 felony counts each, including murder charges that could carry the death penalty. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.