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Baraboo man pleads innocent to killing twins

A Baraboo man has pleaded innocent to charges that he killed his 5-week-old twins in mid-April.

David Yates, 46, entered his pleas Monday in Sauk County Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the beating deaths of Tyler and Savannah Yates.

A two-week trial is set to begin Feb. 9 in Baraboo.

Yates was apparently not happy with that date and the judge gave him three days to ask that the trial start earlier.

A pathologist said both twins were battered to death, and their injuries looked as if they were in a car that rolled over several times.

Both infants suffered multiple blunt force trauma to their heads.

Tyler Yates had heart and rib cage injuries which looked like his chest was compressed. Authorities said both youngsters were dead for 12-24 hours before their found their bodies.

The defense attorney and the children's mother have both said Yates has mental health and alcohol abuse problems. But the attorney would not say if those issues would be a factor in a trial.

Bates is jailed under $1 million bond.