Former death penalty inmate awaits new trial

  • Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 9:06pm
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Associated Press

PORT ANGELES — A Washington man whose murder conviction and death sentence was reversed by the state’s high court is in Clallam County jail as he awaits a new trial.

Darold Stenson was charged in Clallam County last week with two counts of aggravated murder in connection with the 1993 slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at the Stenson’s exotic bird farm.

The Peninsula Daily News reported Superior Court Judge Ken Williams on Friday ordered the 59-year-old man held without bail. Stenson’s next court date is Tuesday.

In May, the state’s high court reversed his 1994 convictions, citing the withholding of evidence from the defense by prosecutors. The decision is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.