Ala. man pleads not guilty in deaths of 2 children

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Posted: Aug 25, 2011 4:48 PM
Ala. man pleads not guilty in deaths of 2 children

An Alabama man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder in the deaths of his two children, whose bodies were found dumped in rural areas in Mobile County and in south Mississippi.

WALA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/qQzWEr) that John DeBlase pleaded not guilty Wednesday during an arraignment in Mobile.

DeBlase and his common-law wife, Heather Leavell-Keaton, have been indicted on charges they that they killed the children 4-year-old Natalie and 3-year-old Chase by poisoning, asphyxiation, starvation or dehydration.

DeBlase's attorney, Jim Spears, said his client pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said she will seek the death penalty.

Leavell-Keaton has also pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The two children were reported missing in November.

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Information from: WALA-TV, http://www.fox10tv.com/