A St. Peter man charged with two counts of murder made an appearance in Fayette County Court on Tuesday for a motion hearing. 24-year old Alexander R. Beccue appeared for a motion hearing concerning the consuming of samples. Defense attorney Ed Deters informed the court that his request was that the samples, which includes the biological sample taken from Beccue and a sample taken from a .38 revolver, be done in a way that there would leave no chance for interference or cross contamination between the two samples and that they be done as if an expert witness was there during the testing. Deters also said he did not wish to actually have an expert witness at the State Police Crime Lab during the sample testing as he would like to save the money that would be used for that witness for a later expert that may be needed by the defense. The motion to consume samples was granted by the state. A pre-trial is now set for February 27 at 1pm. Beccue is charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder as information states that Beccue allegedly “with the intent to kill Joshua K. Smith, shot Joshua K. Smith in the head” with what information from an unlawful possession charge against Beccue states was a .38 revolver handgun. Bond is $1 million for Beccue should he be released from the Illinois Department of Corrections where he has been in custody since his arrest in August due to a parole violation.