Man pleads not guilty in deaths of missing Kentucky couple

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A man charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of a missing northern Kentucky couple has pleaded not guilty.

News outlets report 52-year-old Craig Pennington of Springfield entered his plea in court Monday.

Pennington was arrested Friday and charged with killing 38-year-old Robert K. Jones and 35-year-old Crystal J. Warner.

Warner and Jones, both of Florence, went missing July 3. Their bodies haven’t been found, but the couple’s car was discovered Friday in Scott County.

Kentucky State Police say Pennington rented a cabin in Washington County from Jones, and the two victims went to the cabin to discuss the property with Pennington before they disappeared.

Trooper Billy Gregory says the search for the bodies continues.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 18.


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