- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - A Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing a woman and her adult daughter near a Southern California desert base.

The San Bernardino Sun (https://bit.ly/2o4rZ4Q ) says 22-year-old Rafael Aikens of Sacramento entered pleas to murder Wednesday.

Investigators suspect Aikens shot 62-year-old Renee Metcalf and her 32-year-old daughter, Christy McKissic.

Their bodies were found on March 24 in their home about 10 miles from the Twentynine Palms Marine base, where Aikens was stationed.

The younger woman’s 10-year-old daughter was found unharmed in the home.

Authorities haven’t released a motive for the killings.

Aikens is a lance corporal assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division.

He served in Iraq for six months last year.

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