FLORENCE — A trial date has been set for the man accused of killing two people in Pinal County three years ago.

Demian Blu, 41, of Apache Junction appeared in Pinal County Superior Court on Friday and was ordered to appear for a jury trial on March 30, 2020. Blu is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Keith Long and Renae Gardner.

The victims were shot and killed while sleeping at an Apache Junction home in May 2016, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Long’s body was found in a San Tan Valley canal and Gardner was found along Beeline Highway.

Blu, who was charged with the murders last year, is facing additional felony charges of concealing dead bodies and participating in a street gang. The Pinal County Attorney’s Office has not filed a notice in court indicating it intends to seek the death penalty for Blu.

PCSO arrested two accomplices, Clint Wendelschafer and Nicholas Douglas, for allegedly helping Blu to murder the victims.

Before his arrest, Wendelschafer posted pictures on Facebook depicting Nazi paraphernalia. A search of Douglas’s home turned up numerous knives, guns and daggers, court records show. All three men remain in custody.


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