- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

VIDALIA, La. (AP) - A Concordia Parish judge has scheduled trial Feb. 13 for a 35-year-old Natchez man accused of killing his estranged wife and another man.

Curt Thornton pleaded not guilty in June to first-degree murder in the deaths of Angela Thornton and John Tibbs, both 36. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2jJd0MF ) that defense attorney Darrel Hickman told Judge John Reeves on Wednesday that he would try to change a federal court date for the 13th.

Investigators believe Thornton cut through his wife’s back door in Vidalia with a torch early April 6. The victims were shot while the Thorntons‘ children slept in another bedroom. A child reportedly found the bodies and called 911.

Thornton was arrested after being stopped for riding his motorcycle without a helmet.

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Information from: Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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