Missouri Man Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Killing Hardy Resident

FEBRUARY 6, 2007 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES, MO - A suburban St. Louis man pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his father and his father's business partner.

Nathan Speaks of St. Peters (MO) is accused in the shooting deaths of 51-year-old Dale Speaks of St. Charles and 56-year-old William Hampton of Hardy, Arkansas.

Investigators allege the younger Speaks was after money his father kept in a safe in March 2000.  They say the money and a weapon were never found.

The 27-year-old also faces charges of burglary, tampering with a vehicle and armed criminal action.

He remains jailed on $1 million bond.

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