Tommy Francise pleads not guilty to 2 counts of second-degree murder

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - An arraignment hearing was held Tuesday for a man suspected in two cold case killings.

Tommy Francise, 61, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. He remains in the Iberville Parish Jail with no bond.

Francise is accused of killing Curtis "Cochise" Smith in 1991 and George Barrett Jr. in 2002.

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A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 16 and a motions hearing is set for July 12.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Francise faces a mandatory life sentence.

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