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Phoenix man pleads not guilty to killing wife, 2 kids

Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 16:11:35-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man accused of killing his wife, two young daughters and a family friend because he believed she was having an affair has been arraigned.

Austin Smith pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court to four counts of first-degree murder and other charges.

Police say Smith was arrested April 11 as he fled from an apartment complex where officers found the body of 46-year-old Ron Freeman. They also found a woman and another man with gunshot wounds.

When they went to Smith's home, they found his wife, 29-year-old Dasia Patterson, and two of their daughters, ages 5 and 7. Patterson and the 5-year-old had been shot. The 7-year-old died from blunt-force trauma.

A 3-year-old daughter was unharmed.

Smith is next due in court June 7.