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Prosecutor: No death penalty in Stenson retrial

December 19th, 2012 - 1:51pm

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County prosecutor Deb Kelly says she won't seek the death penalty in the re-trial of a former Sequim man accused of killing his wife and business partner in 1993.

Darold Stenson is awaiting a retrial in Clallam County Superior Court after his original trial and death sentence was overturned by the state Supreme Court.

Kelly says she reached her decision after talking with the victims' families. She says they felt the death penalty for Stenson was still appropriate, they didn't want to go through more litigation involving a death penalty case.

Kelly says she thinks pursuing the death penalty would add more years of delays in the case.

Stenson is reportedly in failing health.

He was convicted in 1994 in the killings of his wife Denise, and business partner Frank Hoerner at an exotic bird farm near Sequim.

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