SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> A Massachusetts husband and wife have been ordered held without bail after denying charges that they beat a 52-year-old Springfield man to death with a wooden table leg.

The Republican newspaper reports 57-year-old Richard Page and 53-year-old Ivey Johnson each pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Using a leg from a wooden table, police say Page inflicted severe head injuries on Eric Stephenson as Johnson urged him on following an argument at the couple's apartment on June 16.

Stephenson later succumbed to his injuries at Baystate Medical Center.

The couple entered the pleas in Hampden Superior Court after their case was moved there from Springfield District Court.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/