The  man and woman accused of savagely killing a Missoula Super 8 Motel worker and stabbing an elderly woman in a supermarket parking lot have entered pleas of not guilty in district court.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks said the two appeared before Missoula District Court Judge Robert L. 'Dusty' Deschamps.

"Both Scott Price and Sarah McKnight entered not guilty pleas to all charges," Marks said. "Hearings were set for February which will essentially be scheduling hearings. "99 percent of the time, defendants will enter a plea of not guilty in situations such as these, even if there's a confession and all the evidence in the world. Statistically, their attorneys haven't even had time to examine the evidence or confer with their clients."

Price has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, felony attempted deliberate homicide, felony deliberate homicide, felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and felony solicitation to commit theft.

McKnight faces charges of felony conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, felony accountability for attempted deliberate homicide, felony deliberate homicide, felony tampering with or fabricating with physical evidence, and felony theft.

Marks said despite the egregious and brutal nature of the alleged crimes, his office will not be seeking the death penalty.

Bail for both was continued at $1 million.