Myanmar workers charged with killing 2 British tourists on Thai island plead innocent

Two migrant workers from Myanmar have pleaded innocent to charges that they killed two British tourists on the popular resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand.

Nakorn Chompoochart, the lawyer for the two, said they had made their pleas Monday in a court on nearby Samui island.

The bodies of 24-year-old David Miller and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge were found Sept. 15 on a Koh Tao beach. Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 21, were indicted on several charges relating to the slayings.

They deny the charges and say that confessions they have since retracted were extracted through beatings and threats, which police deny. The trial's first hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.