Duenas Murder Trial in Final Stretch

Oct 29, 2013 10:30 AM

The defense is expected to begin presenting its case this morning in the Mark Duenas murder trial in Shasta County.

Duenas is the Cottonwood man charged with murdering his wife, Karen, last year. This trial is a re-trial of the first trial that took place this past summer when a jury became deadlocked, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.

Mark Duenas, 53, is not expected to take the witness stand in his own defense as was the case in the first go-around. Sources tell Action News Now that the defense portion of testimony is expected to take about a half day. The defense presented it's case in about three hours during the first trial.

Karen Duenas, 51, was found stabbed to death in her bedroom on the night of May 5, 2012.

Mark Duenas has said an unknown intruder murdered his wife. Prosecutors, however, argue that Duenas, killed the mother of his five sons because he was unhappy with his marriage.

He faces 25 years to life if convicted of murder.


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