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Trial to resume Monday for former Sequim death row inmate

September 19th, 2013 - 5:22am

(Port Angeles) -- The re-trial for a former Sequim man accused of double murder will resume next week.

A jury has been seated in Port Orchard for Darold Stenson.

Stenson is facing two counts of aggravated, first-degree murder for the 1993 killings of his wife and business partner at the Stenson's bird farm near Sequim.

His previous conviction and death sentence was thrown out by the state Supreme Court.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty this time.

Another bevy of motions are expected to come again at the trial Monday, including another effort by the defense to have the prosecutor removed from the case. Stenson's lawyers argue prosecutor Deb Kelly could be biased due to an unpublished manuscript written by Kelly's mother during Stenson's first trial.

Stenson's re-trial has been moved to Kitsap County due to publicity and what a judge called inflammatory statements made in the media by some people involved in the case.


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