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Court Date Delayed In Double Slaying

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Booking Photo, courtesy of Van Buren County Sheriff's Office

Booking Photo, courtesy of Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

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PAW PAW (AP) – The next court date for a 34-year-old man charged in the shooting deaths of two women found buried in a wooded, rural area of southwestern Michigan has been pushed back two weeks.

Junior Lee Beebe of Bangor made a brief appearance Tuesday by video in District Court in Paw Paw. His preliminary hearing set for Friday now is scheduled for Feb. 25.

Van Buren County Prosecutor Juris Kaps says more evidence needs to be gathered before that hearing could take place.

Beebe is charged with murder in the deaths of his cousin’s wife, 30-year-old Amy Henslee, and 36-year-old Tonya Howarth, whom Beebe dated on and off. Authorities believe the women were killed Jan. 24.

Their bodies were found days later in Bangor Township, about 60 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

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