Matthew Beyer, Outagamie County Jail photo

KAUKAUNA — There will be no plea deal at this time in the case of a father charged with killing his two children in 2020 in Kaukauna.

At the plea hearing today, Matthew Beyer’s attorney told Judge Mark McGinnis that Beyer no longer wanted to enter a plea, according to online court records.

Beyer’s scheduled trial in the case is now back on for September.

Beyer, 37, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his two children, 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer, who were found dead by police on Feb. 17, 2020, in the upper level of a Crooks Avenue duplex in Kaukauna.

Beyer’s attorney in September asked the judge for a competency evaluation, but Beyer later was ruled competent to stand trial.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Aug. 9, and a 10-day trial is set to begin Sept. 6.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators have surveillance video of Beyer driving back and forth from Manitowoc to the Kaukauna duplex in his minivan, several hours before the children were found dead.

Beyer was arrested June 5, after a nearly four-month investigation.

Beyer, who has pleaded not guilty, is being held on a $2.5 million cash bond.

Previously: Beyer children remembered for curiosity, sense of adventure

Previously: Kaukauna comes together at vigil to honor Will and Dani Beyer

Previously: On second anniversary of Kaukauna children’s killings, a family and community await justice

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.