PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - A Washington man whose original murder convictions and death sentence were overturned last year has again been found guilty of murder.
A Kitsap County jury on Tuesday convicted Darold Stenson on two counts of first-degree premeditated and aggravated murder in the 1993 slaying of his wife, Dense, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at the Stensons' exotic bird farm. The trial was moved from Clallam County, where the crime occurred.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the jury reached a verdict after six days of deliberations and a six-week trial.
Stenson was days from execution on death row in Walla Walla when a judge issued a stay of execution in November 2008. The state Supreme Court overturned his 1994 convictions in May 2012 and sent the case back for a new trial.
The 60-year-old now faces life in prison without parole.
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