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2 Ind. men arraigned in killings of girl, 7, uncle

'Pure and simple': Ind. prosecutors say video game theft behind shooting deaths of girl, uncle By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' Prosecutors say a video game theft apparently was behind the shooting deaths of a 7-year-old girl and her uncle, who were allegedly slain by a longtime family friend and another man.

Twenty-one-year-old Michael Bell and 25-year-old Jeremy Priel were arraigned Thursday. Both face two counts of murder and other charges for the Dec. 12 killings in the suburban Indianapolis town of Cumberland.

A judge entered not guilty pleas for both Indianapolis men, who prosecutors say killed the girl and her uncle before stealing electronic games.

Bell is a longtime family friend whom the girl affectionately called "Uncle Mike."

Relatives of the victims left the courtroom looking somber and without commenting.

A message seeking comment was left for Bell's court-appointed attorney. Priel's court-appointed attorney declined to comment.

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