Crime

Clovis man accused of killing Paso woman, her daughter pleads not guilty

Dave McCann, left, in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday, May 13, 2016. His lawyer, Scott Baly, is next to him.
Dave McCann, left, in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday, May 13, 2016. His lawyer, Scott Baly, is next to him. sflores@fresnobee.com

Double-murder suspect Dave Thomas McCann pleaded not guilty Friday in Fresno County Superior Court.

McCann, 49, is accused of killing his wife, Tierney Cooper-McCann, 37, of Clovis, and her mother, Judith Faye Cooper, 68, of Paso Robles, at McCann and Cooper-McCann’s Clovis home on May 7.

After the stabbings, McCann was thought to have traveled to the Paso Robles area. The day after the killings, Paso Robles police found a 16-foot white Penske moving truck that McCann was believed to have been driving, according to the Clovis Police Department. McCann is believed to have abandoned the truck in favor of a stolen bike.

He was captured the next week in Monterey County.

During his arraignment Friday, McCann was ordered to return to court June 30.

McCann remains in Fresno County Jail without the possibility of bail.

Family members have said that in the weeks leading up to the killings, McCann was acting strange and hostile toward his estranged wife, accusing her of cheating on him, according to a Clovis police investigation.

He packed up his belongings and moved out of the home on West Omaha Avenue in Clovis, documents filed with the court say. His wife and her family did not see him for several days, and they did not know where he went.

The affidavit says McCann returned to the Omaha Avenue home during the early-morning hours of May 7 and stabbed his estranged wife and mother-in-law to death. Neighbors say Cooper-McCann was seeking to divorce McCann and was attempting to obtain a restraining order.

McCann was arrested May 11 in Seaside in Monterey County after an intense manhunt by multiple police agencies. Clovis police say a tip from a homeless person led police to McCann, who was found sleeping in a homeless encampment.

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