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Teen charged in deaths of mom, brother to plead not guilty

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Adrian Navarro-Canales appears in Henderson Justice Court Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Navarro-Canales waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges he killed his mother and brother.

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 | 10:26 a.m.

Adrian Navarro-Canales Hearing

Adrian Navarro-Canales, the 16-year-old accused of killing his mom and brother, appears before Judge Gibson at the Henderson Justice Court, Monday Sept. 30, 2013. Launch slideshow »

A 16-year-old boy suspected of killing his mother and brother waived his right to a preliminary hearing today in Henderson Justice Court and plans to plead not guilty.

Adrian Navarro-Canales will appear Nov. 18 in Clark County District Court, where his lawyer Joe Abood said he would announce his not guilty plea.

Navarro-Canales appeared in shackles and standard blue jail attire, only speaking to Judge David Gibsonto to say he understood the proceedings. Navarro-Canales' father and a few other family members were in attendance for the arraignment hearing.

Navarro-Canales was charged as an adult on two counts of murder with a deadly weapon. His initial arraignment hearing on Sept. 30 was delayed at the request of Abood, who said at the time he needed more time to speak with Navarro-Canales and gather information.

Navarro-Canales is accused of stabbing and killing his mother, 40-year-old Elvira Canles-Gomez, and 9-year-old brother, Cesar Navarro.

Henderson Police discovered their bodies Sept. 20 in the bathroom of their apartment at the Summit at Sunridge, in the 11000 block of South Eastern Avenue, three days after authorities allege Navarro-Canales stabbed them.

Navarro-Canales was not home when police entered the apartment. The discovery set off a six-day search for Navarro-Canales that ended Sept. 25 when police found him at an open-air food court on the Las Vegas Strip, near Tropicana Avenue.

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