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Jury gets Stenson double-murder case

November 1st, 2013 - 5:27am

(Port Orchard) Jury deliberations will resume next week in the retrial of a former Sequim man accused of killing his wife and business partner in 1993.

The jury got the case for Darold Stenson yesterday in Port Orchard. The trial was moved to Kitsap County due to publicity in Clallam County.

Stenson's attorney told jurors police mishandled evidence and there is room for doubt that Stenson actually committed the crime.

The Clallam County Prosecutor said financial pressures had been mounting on Stenson prompting him to kill the pair to make it look like a murder-suicide and collect life insurance money taken out on his wife.

Last May, the state Supreme Court reversed Darold Stenson's 1994 convictions, citing the withholding of evidence by prosecutors.

If convicted, Stenson would be sentenced to life without parole.

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