Steven Ray Stout has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1988 killings of a West Valley woman and her daughter.
Stout, 32, entered the pleas Friday before 3rd District Judge James Sawaya. He also pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree felony auto theft. Trial is scheduled to begin May 30.Stout is charged in the slaying of Bonnie Craft, 41, and her daughter, Maureen Turner, 19, at their trailer home on Jan. 22, 1988. A ball peen hammer, a soda bottle, two steak knives and sweater were used to bludgeon, strangle and stab the two women, according to forensic experts and police.
Stout, the estranged husband of Craft's step-daughter, disappeared immediately after the killings. He reportedly was seen several times during the following year in the Webster Springs area of the hill country of West Virginia, where his family lives.
He was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List last November and captured in Gulfport, Miss., in December after the girlfriend with whom he watched the television program "America's Most Wanted" saw him depicted and called police.
Stout's attorney, Brooke Wells, said she expected the trial to last several weeks.