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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - An Olmsted County judge has denied a request from a man charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend and her young daughter to withdraw his guilty pleas to second-degree murder charges.

The order denying the request by 31-year-old Renard Carter was filed in Olmsted County Court today. In issuing the order, the judge in the case also scheduled a sentencing hearing for Carter on the afternoon of December 9th.

The ruling followed a recent psychological exam that determined Carter was competent when he pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder in August. The charges stemmed from the 2020 murders of 23-year-old Kiona Foote, her unborn child, and her two-year-old daughter, Miyona Miller.

photo courtesy Kraus-Anderson
photo courtesy Kraus-Anderson

Foote and her child were found strangled to death in their Northeast Rochester apartment on September 13th of last year after Rochester police are asked to conduct a welfare check. Carter was apprehended in South Carolina later on the same day after he was shot and wounded by a police officer when he emerged from an apartment holding but turned out to be a BB gun.

He is currently being held in the Olmsted County jail on $5 million bail.

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