Double murder suspect fails to enter plea

Jul 7, 2015 8:58 PM by News Staff

The Tehama County man accused of killing his ex-wife and former father-in-law did not enter a plea during his first court appearance Tuesday.

It was revealed during Tuesday's arraignment that John Noonkester may face the death penalty if he is convicted of two counts of murder and one count of premediated murder.

In court today Noonkester was served with a restraining order that will keep him from seeing his children, and it was announced that he will remain in custody at the Tehama County Jail without bail.

Noonkester is accused of opening fire at the Little Country Store, in the gated community of Lake California in Cottonwood. He allegedly killed his ex-wife Kimberlee Thomas, 29, and her 53-year-year-old father Keith Thomas.

Autopsies on both victims are scheduled for later this week.

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

Action News Now Reporter Angela Musallam was in court today and will have a full report tonight at 5 and 6.


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