NorCal Man Convicted Of Murdering Wife

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COTTONWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A jury has found a Shasta County man guilty of first-degree murder related to the stabbing death of his wife.

The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that 53-year-old Mark Duenas of Cottonwood was convicted on Friday. He faces 25-years-to-life in prison.

Duenas pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, 51-year-old Karen Duenas, after nearly 33 years of marriage.

Prosecutors alleged that Duenas fatally stabbed his wife because of an unhappy marriage, and that he had carried on a long-distance relationship with another woman.

No murder weapon was ever found, but prosecutors say Duenas acknowledged the killing to 911 dispatchers.

The guilty verdict came after the prosecution's second attempt: Duenas' first trial resulted in a hung jury that voted 9-3 in favor of acquittal.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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