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Man pleads not guilty to killing 2 Fort Campbell soldiers

Posted April 13

— A man charged with killing two Fort Campbell soldiers and wounding a teenager in a domestic dispute has pleaded not guilty.

The Kentucky New Era reports (http://bit.ly/2nIvEXG) 35-year-old Jeremy J. Demar entered the plea during a hearing Wednesday. Demar, of Clarkesville, Tennessee, is charged with murder in the deaths of his estranged wife, 35-year-old Spc. Priscilla A. East, and 28-year-old Sgt. Christopher R. Hoch.

They were killed Feb. 2 at a home belonging to Spc. Dominique House, who told The Leaf Chronicle in a previous interview that she was engaged to Hoch and was best friends with East. They were soldiers at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

Demar also is charged with assaulting House's 16-year-old brother.

House told the Tennessee newspaper that East and Demar shared custody of their 2-year-old son and had met earlier so the boy could go with Demar. She said Demar was angry at the meeting and East was nervous about it so she invited her friend over for dinner.

She said they were cooking when Demar arrived, and that Hoch died a hero trying to save East. She said her brother was injured trying to protect her.

The judge has set the next hearing in the case for July 19.

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