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Suspects in double murder plead not guilty Wednesday

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BATON ROUGE - The two suspects in the double murder of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday morning.

Ernesto Alonso and Frank Garcia appeared before Judge Trudy White for their arraignments. Alonso and Garcia were arrested in Florida after authorities said they killed the couple and fled.

The couple was attacked at their Highland Road home in October. Their bodies were found at a truck stop in Hammond.

The suspects' attorneys told a judge they ware concerned about how budget cuts could impact their defense case.

This story will be updated with more information Wednesday afternoon. Check back for updates.

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