Innocent pleas were entered Monday for a man accused of shooting his two children to death.
Richard Morgan, 32, appeared at his arraignment in Clallam County Superior Court in orange jail clothes, chains and handcuffs.
Judge George Wood said another hearing would be held within 30 days. That’s the time Prosecutor David Bruneau has to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
Morgan is charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of 7-year-old Meghan and 5-year-old Zach. They were shot April 5 after a domestic disturbance at their Port Angeles home.
Morgan was tackled and subdued by a Port Angeles police officer on a porch behind the house after a six-hour standoff.
The bodies of the children were found in their beds. Each had been shot at least twice in the head, according to court papers.
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