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Lawrence Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing 3

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A 40-year-old Lawrence man has been ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing his longtime girlfriend and her two teenage children.

Jose Luis Tejada was arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court.

Police say on Monday, Tejada approached a stranger outside the home he shared with the family and told them he had committed a crime. Police entered the home and found 39-year-old Milka Rivera, 19-year-old Sachary Montanez and 16-year-old Max Montanez shot to death.

Tejada was arrested nearby and a gun was recovered close to the scene.

Prosecutors say there was no known history of violence in the family.

Tejada's court-appointed lawyer said his client is "distraught."

This article was originally published on September 06, 2011.

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