The man accused of killing Freshwater Farms owner Richard "Rick" Charles Storre, 60, and Lance Delbert Henry, 25, pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of murder in Humboldt County Superior Court, Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel said.
Vincent Earnest Sanchez, 28, was arrested and booked into Humboldt County jail earlier this week after Eureka Police Department officers found each victim with a gunshot wound to the head inside a house on the 2100 block of Harris Street on Wednesday night.
Storre and Henry -- Sanchez's half brother -- had been dead "for a couple of days," officials said. The brothers had been staying with Storre.
According to court documents, Sanchez had prior run-ins with law enforcement.
He was arrested multiple times for driving under the influence, and was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to enroll in a counseling treatment program after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vandalism. He was also sentenced to three years probation, a $250 fine and 288 days in jail after breaking into the Carson Mansion with a hatchet and causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage.
Sanchez was originally deemed "incompetent to stand trial" in the latter case after a psychiatric evaluation. He was sent to Napa State Hospital to enroll in a trial competency program before being sent back to Humboldt County for sentencing in September 2009.
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