TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 69-year-old man with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder following the shootings of his adult children.

Not guilty pleas were entered Monday on Michael League’s behalf during his arraignment in Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered League jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.

According to court records, League admitted shooting his children early Sunday with a .22-caliber pistol as they slept in his Puyallup home. League told police he used a pillow to muffle the sound of the gunshots so as not to wake his wife or two of his grandchildren, who also were asleep in the home.

The daughter, 43-year-old Danielle Faucett, died Sunday. The son, 46-year-old Dennis League, is hospitalized with critical injuries. League’s wife told investigators she and her husband had been under stress with having their children living with them.

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