Caressa Hardy

Caressa Hardy

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The Frenchtown resident accused of killing two people in 2013 pleaded not guilty to felony charges this week.

Caressa Hardy, 51, entered pleas Wednesday to two counts of deliberate homicide during an arraignment hearing in Missoula County District Court before retired Judge James Wheelis, who has been brought in to oversee the case.

Hardy was arrested and charged in July following an investigation by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office that lasted more than a year, with assistance from the Missoula Police Department and the FBI.

According to court documents, Thomas Korjack and Robert Orozco were killed in March 2013 at the Frenchtown home where Hardy lived with a couple and a woman.

Neither Korjack or Orozco’s remains have been located in the ongoing investigation, County Attorney Kirsten Pabst said Wednesday, adding that she believes more than enough evidence exists to convict Hardy.

“We are confident we can prove that they were killed,” Pabst said.

Evidence suggests the alleged killings were financially motivated, with multiple transactions occurring on Korjack’s financial accounts after he is believed to have been killed, according to a court affidavit.

In early 2016, the woman who lived at the home reported witnessing the murders to police. She said said she first met Hardy — previously known by the name Glenn Dibley — in California, and that she and Hardy were in a long-term relationship and had children together.

According to court documents, the woman said Hardy shot both men after Hardy and Korjack had a falling out and Hardy was afraid of being either left or kicked out of the house. After Hardy’s arrest, the FBI’s national Evidence Response Team was brought in to help search the Pond Road home northwest of Frenchtown.

After the killings, the woman said Hardy gutted the room where the shooting took place, and burned everything in piles outside. Investigators found a bullet lodged in the cement wall of the room.

Hardy remains in custody on $2 million bail.

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