Double murder suspect enters not guilty plea

Aug 18, 2015 7:08 PM by News Staff

The Tehama County man accused of killing his ex-wife and former father-in-law outside of a Cottonwood convenience store appeared in court Tuesday.

John Noonkester, 32, pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder. He’s charged with killing his ex-wife, 29-year-old Kimberly Noonkester, and her 53-year-year-old father Keith Thomas.

Court records show the couple had been divorced in March, and were in the midst of a child custody dispute.

Noonkester is being held without bail and will be back in court October 19 for a pre-trial conference. If convicted he could face the death penalty.


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