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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri judge has for the second time refused to set bond for a former school superintendent accused of killing a Springfield couple who refused to lend him a quarter-million dollars.

The Springfield News-Leader reports 54-year-old Mark Porter is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the May 1 deaths of 60-year-old Gary Tyrrell and his 61-year-old wife, Jan Tyrrell, in their home.

Police say Porter had asked for a $250,000 loan prior to the killings to cover gambling debts.

Judge Dan Conklin denied Porter’s request for bond on Friday, saying Missouri’s constitution requires bail to be set “except for capital offenses,” and said Porter’s case qualifies.

Police say Porter was superintendent at the Mountain Grove School District in the mid-2000s when Gary Tyrrell wasassistant superintendent there.
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Information from: Springfield News-Leader