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Triple homicide suspect pleads not guilty in arraignment, judge denies bond

The three victims found on Friday were members of Daniel Sougstad’s family.
(WILX 2021)
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:53 AM EDT
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EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) - UPDATE: A judge has denied bond for the suspect in a triple homicide. Daniel Sougstad pleaded not guilty to the killing of three of his family members, which included his mother, father, and brother.

Prosecutors say Sougstad headed up to the Upper Peninsula after the incident and turned around towards the scene of the crime when he was arrested.

Sougstad faces three counts of open murder and three counts of felony firearm.

Probable cause hearing has been set for October 4 at 9:15 a.m., and preliminary exam is scheduled for October 8 after 2 p.m.

Stay with News 10 for updates.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office (ESCO) is calling a triple homicide a targeting incident.

The three victims found on Friday were members of Daniel Sougstad’s family.

“This was not a random act and all the victims were part of Daniel Sougstad’s family,” the Sheriff’s Office has said in a statement to News 10.

Sougstad was being sought by statewide law enforcement. Early Saturday morning, Sougstad was stopped and arrested by neighboring police agencies in Ingham County and was arrested without incident.

On Friday, September 24, ESCO Deputies responded to a home in the 10000 block of Bishop Highway followed by a call from neighbors saying a child arrived at their door with an injured foot.

That neighbor told dispatch there were screams and gunshots being heard next door.

ESCO found three adults in the home of the original call. All three appeared to have gunshot wounds.

Currently, Sougstad is lodged at the Eaton County Jail, being held on three counts of open murder and three counts of felony firearm.

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