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Curry pleads not guilty to murder

Clean-shaven Michael Curry as he walks in a Muscogee County courtroom on Friday. Clean-shaven Michael Curry as he walks in a Muscogee County courtroom on Friday.
Curry's public defender, Bob Wadkins Curry's public defender, Bob Wadkins

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Michael Curry was formerly charged with the murders of his pregnant wife and two children. Their bodies were found butchered in their Columbus home almost 24 years ago.

Curry pled not guilty to all 11 charges that he faces, including murder, aggravated assault, and feticide.

He walked into the Muscogee County courtroom Friday morning with his beard shaved off and his hair cut short.

The most interesting part of Friday's hearing, happened outside the courtroom, after District Attorney Julia Slater announced she will not be seeking the death penalty in this case.  Slater would not tell reporters why, only saying she had talked to investigators and the victim's family about her decision.

Curry's lawyer, public defender Bob Wadkins, has his own theories. He believes, "There is no new evidence, it's the same evidence as before. I believe this was politically motivated, she needed to boost her community ranking."

Wadkins filed several motions on Friday, including a motion for bond and a motion for a change of venue. He is also adamant about not trying this case in Muscogee County - stating too many people already assume his client in guilty. Wadkins also wants Judge John Allen to drop several charges because too much time has passed since the crime and the statute of limitations has expired.

Judge John Allen will not decide on bond until he sorts out which charges will stick.

A motion hearing is scheduled to take place on September 15th.

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