Man charged in 2 women's deaths

Jan. 29, 2011 at 7:45 PM
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PAW PAW, Mich., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A Michigan man remained jailed without bond Saturday, charged in the shotgun slayings of a girlfriend and the wife of a cousin.

Van Buren County Sheriff's Detective Lt. Bill Lux told a court Friday Junior Lee Beebe Jr., 34, of Bangor had confessed to Michigan State Police that he had fired the weapon and admitted killing one of the victims, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported.

Beebe is charged with murdering Amy Henslee, 30, and Tonya Howarth, 36, whose bodies were found Friday buried on wooded property Beebe owned.

Beebe is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a firearm. During a brief arraignment held via video conference, Judge Robert Hentchel ordered Beebe held without bond until another court hearing set for Feb. 8.

Henslee, a stay-at-home mother who was the wife of a cousin of Beebe, had been missing since Monday. Howarth had been a girlfriend of Beebe's, authorities said.

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