PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of killing his wife, two young daughters and a family friend because he believed she was having an affair has been arraigned.
Austin Smith pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court to four counts of first-degree murder and other charges.
Police say Smith was arrested April 11 as he fled from an apartment complex where officers found the body of 46-year-old Ron Freeman. They also found a woman and another man with gunshot wounds.
When they went to Smith's home, they found his wife, 29-year-old Dasia Patterson, and two of their daughters, ages 5 and 7. Patterson and the 5-year-old had been shot. The 7-year-old died from blunt-force trauma.
A 3-year-old daughter was unharmed.
Smith is next due in court June 7.