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Cottonwood Man Pleads Not Guilty to Wife's Murder

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Oct 09 2012 11:40:14 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2012 09:12:36 PM CDT
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REDDING, Calif. -

The Cottonwood man accused of killing his wife faced a judge for the first time Tuesday afternoon.

Mark Duenas was arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on a charge of murdering his wife, Karen Duenas.

He's accused of stabbing Karen inside their Robinson Glen Drive home in May.

He was named a person of interest two weeks after the body was found.

On Friday, five months after Karen was killed, Mark Duenas was arrested.

Duenas' attorney, Ron Powell, who lives in southern California said the arrest has been difficult on Mark, including seeing his kids while in custody.

Powell also said that several inmates in Mark's living areas in the jail have poked fun at the fact that he has been the topic of media coverage, but Powell is hopeful it will die down.

Powell said Mark's sons, as well as some members of Karen's side of the family, fully support him.

He sat before the judge for less than 10 minutes on Tuesday but a complaint from the Shasta County District Attorney's Office lists five months of investigative detail.

The complaint alleges that Mark was having a phone relationship with a woman out of state and that he told her, "something bad would have to happen for them to be together."

The complaint also states that in the initial 911 call, Mark admitted to the operator that he killed his wife.

Powell said he has not yet listened to the 911 call and plans to spend the next few weeks conducting his own investigation.

The attorney also said Mark has passed a lie detector test that was given to him.

KRCR News Channel Seven spoke to Mark shortly after he was named a person of interest back in May.

He maintained that he did not kill his wife and that "eventually it will all come out."

Mark remains in the Shasta County Jail.

His bail is set at $1 million.

Powell said he does not expect Mark to post bail.

He's expected to be back in court October 17th.