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September trial set for 4 homicides in Milwaukee


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A September trial has been set for two men accused in the killings of two women and two boys in Milwaukee.

Twenty-one-year-old Desmond Laster and 23-year-old Anthony Barnes have pleaded not guilty to four counts each of first-degree intentional homicide and arson, all as party to a crime, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

They are accused of going with 19-year-old Brittney Robertson to her apartment and helping rob her roommate Rachel Thompson. A criminal complaint says Robertson stabbed Thompson and helped Laster suffocate Thompson's 3- and 4-year-old sons Feb. 26.

Robertson and Laster are accused of setting the apartment ablaze before taking Thompson's 6-week-old son. Robertson later left him outside a church before Barnes allegedly shot her to death.

There's a motion hearing July 7. Their trial starts Sept. 20.

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