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 Jeremy Keith Swanson, 27, waived the right in court on Wednesday.

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 Jennifer Marie Bosch-Swanson, 27, 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.