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Duenas murder trial set to begin Tuesday

Published On: Jul 08 2013 08:43:26 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning for Mark Duenas' trial.

Duenas is the Cottonwood man accused of killing his wife of nearly 33 years, Karen Duenas, on May 5, 2012.

According to Shasta County investigators, Duenas stabbed his wife in the chest numerous times at their Cottonwood home.

Mark was listed as a person of interest in the case for nearly five months before he was arrested on October 5, 2012.

Since the time when he was named a person of interest, Mark's family has supported him.

The prosecution said among their damaging pieces of evidence is the 911 call Mark made after the alleged murder where they say he admitted to killing his wife.

Mark's attorney, Ron Powell, said he does not admit to killing Karen and what he says in the recording can be up to interpretation.

On Monday, Powell said Mark and his family are anxious to get the trial started.

It is unknown how long the jury selection will last.

The trial is expected to last anywhere from six to eight weeks.