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SANDPOINT -- A northern Idaho man facing two counts of first-degree murder following the stabbing death of his pregnant wife has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that 27-year-old Jeremy Keith Swanson on Wednesday waived the right in 1st District Court.

The decision means prosecutors won't have to persuade a judge there is enough evidence to justify moving ahead toward a possible trial.

Court records say Swanson told authorities he knew 27-year-old Jennifer Marie Bosch-Swanson was 15 weeks pregnant when he stabbed her to death on Dec. 18.

Police say the couple's 20-month-old daughter was also in the home at the time but she was not harmed.

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