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Man accused of killing Phoenix businessman, Paradise Valley couple in 2012 removed from court


PHOENIX — The man accused of killing a Phoenix businessman and a Paradise Valley couple in 2012 has been removed from court after using foul language and disrupting the proceeding.

KPHO-TV reports ( that Michael Crane was in court Friday for a status conference at which his trial date was expected to be set.

Crane is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Bruce Gaudet in Phoenix on Jan. 26, 2012, and Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro on Jan. 30, 2012.

Crane has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Shapiros were rich philanthropists in their 70s. They were found tied up and burned beyond recognition in their home.

Gaudet's body was found inside a burning Phoenix condominium about four days before the Shapiros were found dead.

Information from: KPHO-TV,

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