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$1M bond set for ex-con in Phoenix homicide case

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PHOENIX (AP) - A $1 million bond has been set for an ex-convict accused in a double-homicide case after human remains were found at his mother's former home in Phoenix.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 42-year-old Alan Matthew Champagne was arraigned Thursday.

He's being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of concealment of dead bodies.

Phoenix police were called Tuesday after landscapers doing work for the home's new owners discovered the mummified bodies of a man and a woman inside a wooden box buried in the backyard.

Authorities believe the two were killed in a north Phoenix apartment sometime in the summer of 2011 after some kind of altercation with Champagne.

Records show Champagne served nearly 13 years in prison on a second-degree murder conviction before being released in 2005.

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