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Grand Jury Indicts Henchen in Murders of Two Elderly Women

By Associated Press

Buffalo, NY – The suspect in the disappearance and deaths of two elderly southern Erie County women pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says 42-year-old Robert Henchen of Colden was arraigned on a grand jury indictment in state Supreme Court in Buffalo.

Henchen is accused of beating and strangling 87-year-old Geraldine Jackson of Colden and 69-year-old Nancy Phelps of Marilla over the winter. Both women were missing for several months until their bodies were found in sealed barrels in a Colden storage barn in April.

Henchen has been in custody on parole violations and also faces burglary charges in an Orchard Park home invasion.

He's being held without bail.