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Wis. man pleads not guilty to trying to kill kids

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A town of Oneida man has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to kill his four children with sleeping pills before attempting suicide by overdose.

Thirty-six-year-old Deke Suri faces four counts of attempted homicide. The Post-Crescent reports his trial is scheduled to start April 18.

The judge denied a defense request to lower Suri’s $200,000 cash bond. The judge will rule later on a defense motion to dismiss the case.

According to the complaint, police were called to check on the welfare of Suri and the children on Dec. 21 after Suri told his estranged wife in a phone conversation that he planned to poison the children. But after allegedly giving prescription-strength sleeping medication to the children, Suri had second thoughts and called 911. He told police he wanted to kill himself and the children because he could not deal with his marriage ending.

The children, ranging in age from 5 to 11, survived.

Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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