Prosecutor won't seek death in Stenson retrial

Prosecutor won't seek death in Stenson retrial
Darold Stenson
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A Washington man whose murder conviction and death sentence were overturned by the state Supreme Court will not face the death penalty in his new trial.

Clallam County Prosecutor Deborah Kelly announced Wednesday that she will not seek capital punishment for Darold Stenson, who is charged with slaying his wife, Denise, and business partner, Frank Hoerner, at the Stensons' exotic bird farm in 1993.

The prosecutor says the victims' families still believe the death penalty is appropriate, but after 19 years, they just want to see the case concluded.

Washington's Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Stenson in May, saying prosecutors withheld evidence from defense attorneys. Stenson's lawyer for his appeal, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, was elected to the Supreme Court last month.

Stenson is being held without bail on charges of aggravated murder.