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A New Brunswick judge has refused to accept not-guilty pleas from a 63-year-old man charged in the slaying of a woman and her young son 15 years ago.

Judge Anne Dugas-Horseman says because Raymond Joseph White is charged with first-degree murder, there will have to be a preliminary hearing before that plea can be made.

The date for that hearing will be set June 25.

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Mr. White is accused of killing Mary Lou Barnes and her 12-year-old son, Larry Mills Jr., in their mobile home near Sackville, N.B., on Nov. 6, 1995.

Mr. White's lawyer attempted to enter the pleas during a court appearance today in Moncton.

Mr. White was recently transported to New Brunswick from British Columbia, where he was serving time for a series of robberies.

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