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Nuss Mute To Charge Of Murder

Ralph C. Nuss, accused of slaying two teen-aged youths, stood mute today in Washtenaw Circuit Court on the charge of murdering Thomas Brown, 19, of Windsor, Ont.

Judge William T. Ager, Jr. entered a not-guilty plea for the 30-year-old Nuss, who until his arrest Nov. 16 supervised the work-release program at the Federal Correctional Institution at Milan.

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Casper H. Kast filed with the court a notice of the prosecution's intent to use a statement by Nuss as trial evidence. This notice was also given to Nuss' attorneys.

Nuss is scheduled to appear in the Circuit Court again on Dec. 16, for a pre-trial hearing. At this time, his attorneys, Henry T. Conlin and Donald H. Kennedy, are expected to request a sanity hearing for their client.

The purpose of the sanity hearing is to determine if Nuss is legally sane and able to stand trial for the Brown murder.

Nuss is also scheduled to appear in Federal District Court in Detroit Dec. 21 for a hearing on the charge of murdering Arland R. Withrow, 19, of 1197 Hunter Ave., Ypsilanti Township.

This case is in federal court because the killing is alleged to have taken place on federal property near the Federal Correctional Institution on Oct. 16. The Withrow youth's body was found in a shallow creek 14 miles west of Port Huron on Oct. 21.

In the Brown case, Nuss is charged with shooting the Canadian youth Nov. 10 in Nuss' room in a boarding house at 18355 Tuttle Hill Rd., Augusta Township. Nuss later led officers to Brown's body in a shallow creek near Hartland in Livingston County.