- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man accused of fatally shooting his wife in the back of the head has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.

Sixty-six-year-old John P. Adams entered the not guilty pleas Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court in Benton.

Authorities say 52-year-old Kendra Adams was shot March 30 with a small-caliber handgun in the couple’s West Frankfort home. She died the next day at an Indiana hospital.

John Adams is jailed on $2 million bond.

His jury trial has been tentatively set for July 8.

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