Man pleads not guilty in deaths of wife, son

Friday, May 8, 2009 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 10:56 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 8, 2009

MONTICELLO — The northeast Missouri man accused of killing his wife and infant son has pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Piersee entered the plea Thursday. The 24-year-old LaGrange man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the February killings of 21-year-old Patricia Piersee and the couple's 5-month-old son, Landon.

The killings happened at the family's home. Patricia Piersee was shot to death; the child had been beaten.

At a hearing last month, witnesses described the murder scene and what they called Piersee's odd behavior. Authorities found Piersee naked in a bedroom of the family's home with the bodies of his wife and son nearby. Investigators found red crosses drawn in blood on both victims' bodies.

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