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Man accused of killing 3, kidnapping daughter pleads not guilty

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Kevin Cleeves appeared in court today to plead not guilty to the shooting deaths of his estranged wife, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's mother.

Cleeves is currently in the Franklin County Jail and also charged kidnapping, interfering with the custody of a child, unlawful restraint of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

In court today, Cleeves pleaded not guilty to all charges. He also verified that he is aware Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal is seeking the death penalty.

Police say that on June 20 Cleeves took off with his four-year-old daughter, Leia, after shooting 25-year-old Brandi Cleeves, 28-year-old Vincent Santucci, and Santucci's mother, 55-year-old Rosemary Holma in Quincy Township. He and his estranged wife were in the midst of a custody battle. Police found him and the girl unharmed in Ohio.

A scholarship fund for Leia Cleeves has been set up at F&M Trust to help pay for her health and education.

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