STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting an ex-girlfriend and a friend in the small town of Faith has pleaded not guilty.

Berton Toavs pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Monday in court in Sturgis. He's accused of killing Eliza Edgins and Nathan Gann on April 26 at a residence in the northwestern South Dakota community of Faith. A judge scheduled a May 16 status hearing.

Gann and Edgins worked at a bar and grill in Faith. Toavs has been working at ranches and a livestock auction.

About 430 people live in Faith.

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