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Double murder accused will plead not guilty: lawyer

Accused is barred from contacting certain relatives of the victims
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Robert Twiss (inset) is pictured in a Facebook photo.

The lawyer for Robert Twiss says the accused double killer plans to fight the charges.

"At this point he is pleading not guilty as per my instructions," lawyer Gregory Leslie said outside court. "But it's very early in the proceedings. We don't even have any disclosure at this time."

Twiss, 45, made another brief court appearance via video this morning and was remanded in custody to March 30.

The 45-year old Barrie man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Matthew Mallinson, 39, and Alan Mallinson, 73.

Leslie says Twiss is not expected to apply for bail.

During Monday's brief appearance, the Crown was granted an order barring Twiss from contacting four relatives of the murder victims, including Matthew Mallinson's daughter.

"It's common, especially in any serious case," said Leslie. "He (Twiss) has not attempted to contact them. The Crown is just being cautious, as they always are."

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