Pontiac man pleads not guilty in shooting deaths of family members

By WEEK Producer

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- A Pontiac man was formally arraigned Tuesday on charges of First Degree Murder in the shooting deaths of his mother and brother.

Cody Hetherington, 27, entered a not guilty plea. Police say Hetherington shot and killed his mother, Jean Corrice, 57, and his brother, Tyler Friant, 22, inside the Palamar Motel in Pontiac.

Officers found the two dead inside a room on the second floor of the motel on August 20 after Corrice did not show up for work.

In previous reports, police would not confirm that a third person found shot inside the motel room was Hetherington and that Hetherington had attempted to commit suicide.

A new judge has been assigned to the case at the request of Livingston County State’s Attorney Seth Uphoff.

Uphoff requested the change after the previous the judge refused to allow prosecutors to recite probable cause.

Hetherington has been scheduled for trial on January 6, 2014.

If convicted of both murders, he faces a mandatory live sentence.

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