A Benton man pleaded not guilty to killing his sister and brother-in-law. He appeared at the Waldo Judicial Center Dec. 8.

Glenn Brown, 66, was charged with two counts of intentional or knowing murder for the shooting deaths of Waldo couple Tina Bowden and her husband, Richard Bowden, both 64, Oct. 5.

The shootings occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Bonne Terre Road, and according to state police reports, Brown walked into the Belfast Police Department to report the shooting.

In an affidavit filed with the court, police said that when they interviewed Brown, he claimed to have shot "two exotic birds."

The Belfast Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s department responded to the Bowdens’ home and found Tina Bowden dead with a gunshot would to the head. Richard Bowden was taken to Waldo County General Hospital, where he was declared dead.

The police affidavit goes on to say Brown and three of his siblings were involved in an ongoing civil battle with their sister, Tina, over their late stepfather's estate.

Justice Robert Murray said at the Oct. 7 arraignment the minimum sentence is 25 years for each count; the maximum sentence is life in prison.

Brown is being held without bail. A hearing is set for June 10, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. at the Judicial Center in Belfast.