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Arizona mom denies killing 2 children with meat cleaver

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Yui Inoue said Monday through a Japanese interpreter that she “did not kill anybody.” A Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner told the 40-year-old not to talk about the case except with an attorney. The Tempe woman is facing two counts of first-degree murder.
Posted at 1:09 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 16:09:10-04

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman accused in the grisly slaying of her two children with a meat cleaver has made her first court appearance, where she denied harming them.

Yui Inoue said Monday through a Japanese interpreter that she “did not kill anybody.” A Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner told the 40-year-old not to talk about the case except with an attorney. The Tempe woman is facing two counts of first-degree murder.

She was ordered held on a $2 million cash bond. Prosecutors say her 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son were cut, mutilated and nearly decapitated. Inoue's next preliminary court hearing is scheduled for May 25.