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Women plead not guilty in deaths of transients

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Two women accused of killing transient men for insurance money pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and conspiracy charges.

Helen Golay, 76, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 74, allegedly took out several life insurance policies on Paul Vados, 73, and Kenneth McDavid, 50, then killed them by running over them with a car.

They had earlier been ordered to stand trial on the charges, but a judge dismissed the charges after Golay's lawyer, Roger Jon Diamond, argued that his client did not receive a preliminary hearing within 60 days of being charged.

Prosecutors refiled the charges and are considering seeking the death penalty against the women.

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