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US man charged in 1980 couple slaying arraigned

world Updated: Aug 01, 2009 21:24 IST

A man arrested in the slaying of a Wisconsin couple nearly 30 years ago has pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance.

An officer pushed 76-year-old Edward W Edwards of Kentucky into the hearing Saturday in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank. Edwards also had a cast on his left arm.

Edwards is accused of killing 19-year-old high school sweethearts Tim Hack and Kelly Drew. The couple disappeared from a wedding reception Aug 9, 1980.

Two months later, searchers found their bodies in the countryside a few miles from the reception hall. Wisconsin investigators armed with a DNA match arrested Edwards on Thursday. He faces two counts of first-degree murder and life in prison if convicted.

Edwards is being held in Louisville on $500,000 bail. His next hearing is on Monday.