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Evidence against Koepp to be heard April 15

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February 29, 2008
— A preliminary hearing date of April 15 was scheduled Thursday afternoon for James C. Koepp.

Koepp, 49, an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution, is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the January 2007 murders of Danyetta Lentz and her teenage children, Nicole and Scott.


The preliminary hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to bind Koepp over for trial on the felony charges.


The hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, before Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer.


At the hearing Thursday, Koepp’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the murder charges based on their contention that the criminal complaint charging their client doesn’t contain sufficient facts to warrant the charges.


If Koepp’s case goes to trial, Judge James Daley will rule on the motion.


Koepp is serving a prison sentence because of his guilty pleas to charges that resulted from a chase he led deputies on when he was supposed to be talking to sheriff’s detectives about the Lentz killings.


He appeared for the hearing by video conference.



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