UPDATE: Brown also charged on being a habitual offender

Published: May. 13, 2019 at 12:53 PM EDT
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A Delta Twp. man charged in the beating deaths of two women in the Lansing area last week plead not guilty on Tuesday in an Ingham County Court.

Authorities went to court Monday to get warrants against 27-year-old Kiernan Brown of Delta Township in the deaths of 26-year-old Kaylee Ann Brock of Holt and 32-year-old Julie Ann Mooney of Williamston.

Police found their bodies Friday in separate Lansing-area communities.

He's currently being held in Eaton County jail without bond.

He was represented by a Keith Watson, a public defender.

The first charge of Open Murder and armed robbery was for the May 9 death of Kaylee Brock. He faces up to life in prison.

In court they said that Brock was murdered with a hammer or a knife.

He was also charged with open murder and armed robbery for the death of Julie Mooney, May 10 at the Knights Inn.

Brown has been previously convicted of 3 felonies, so he was also charged as a habitual offender.

Authorities say Brown was arrested following a traffic stop early Friday , May 10, on Interstate 69.

Police began searching for him after an ex-girlfriend reported he was violating a personal protection order by knocking on her door and sending disturbing text messages. She's not among the victims.

Early Friday morning, Brock was found dead in her apartment and Mooney was found dead at the Knights Inn in Meridian Township.

Police say they have surveillance video from the hotel that shows Brown with Mooney, as well as video showing Brown buying the weapons used in the murders.

Police also say Brown confessed to the crimes, however on Tuesday, he plead not guilty in front of Judge Boyd.

He will be in court next for a pre-exam conference on May 23 and a preliminary conference at 9:30 a.m. on May 30.

Copyright 2019 WILX. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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