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Jury finds Stenson guilty: 2 counts of aggravated 1st Degree Murder

November 12th, 2013 - 4:27pm

(Port Orchard) A Kitsap County jury this afternoon found Darold Stenson guilty of two counts of aggravated First-Degree Murder in his retrial in Port Orchard.

Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict says deputies will be transporting Stenson back to the Clallam County Jail, where he will await sentencing by Superior Court Judge Brooke Taylor within 2 weeks.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the retrial of Stenson, who has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in connection with the slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at the Stensons' exotic bird farm.

The trial was moved from Clallam County, where the crime occurred.

Last May, the state Supreme Court reversed his 1994 convictions, citing the withholding of evidence from the defense by prosecutors.

The high court said that the state "wrongfully suppressed" photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence, as well as an F-B-I file that wasn't provided to the defense until 2009, years after Stenson was convicted.

The trial was moved to Kitsap County due to publicity in Clallam County.


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