An arraignment was held this afternoon for Chico resident Ulisses Rodriguez, who is accused of killing a man and woman in a vehicle fire in the Ettersburg Junction area on Aug. 14.
Rodriguez entered a plea of not guilty in a hearing in front of Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Christopher Wilson.
Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Linkous represented Rodriguez in court. Deputy District Attorneys Trent Timm and Luke Bernthal are assigned to the case, according to District Attorney Maggie Fleming.
Fleming said Rodriguez will be back in court Sept. 4 for an intervention and Sept. 6 for a preliminary hearing. Bail is set at $4 million.
Rodriguez is facing two counts of murder, each with a special allegation of the use of a firearm. He is also accused of threats to commit a crime resulting in death with a third special allegation of the use of a firearm, and he is accused of arson.
The victims named in the court records are Tiffany Marie Ellebrecht and Jeremy Dieter Kuemmel.
According to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Samantha Karges, both were Humboldt County residents.
“As this is still an active investigation, we are unable to release any other information at this time,” she wrote in an email to the Times-Standard on Friday.
The sheriff’s office previously stated the male victim was 32 years old and the female victim was 31 years old.