Associated Press, Published July 17 2008
Nichols pleads not guilty to weapons charges in Fargo's federal court
Aron Nichols pleaded not guilty Thursday to three illegal weapons charges. He's accused of possessing a short-barreled shotgun and a machine gun.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Klein set trial for September 15.
Nichols and his fiancee, Tamara Sorenson, were convicted in May for the deaths of a Wells County couple. The bodies of 70-year-old Donald Willey and his 67-year-old wife, Alice, were found in their burned farm home near Sykeston in April 2007. Authorities say the murders resulted from a dispute about visitation rights to a grandchild.
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