Antioch man accused of killing wife, mother to appear in court

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A man accused of hacking his wife to death with a machete because she wheezed in her sleep will appear in court Thursday morning.

Billy Varner of Antioch is charged with first degree murder for that killing, and the death a few days later of his mother who he feared was becoming suspicious.

Prosecutors say Varner has confessed to the killings.  The victims were found October 26th in their apartment.

Varner, 54, fled after the murders and was arrested Saturday after he robbed a church in North Dakota during mass.

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