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Defense rests, Duenas does not testify

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:40:20 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 29 2013 11:13:45 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Defense attorneys for Mark Duenas have rested their case after calling seven witnesses in the murder retrial of the Cottonwood man accused of killing his wife, Karen.

Mark did not take the stand.

Before the defense took over the prosecution finished up their case.

The morning started with lead detective Logan Stonehouse on the witness stand to continue his testimony from last week. 

He testified for about 15 minutes.

During part of his time on the stand the jury was shown a video of him interviewing Mark.

In the interview, the first 13 seconds of the 911 call that the prosecution alleges Mark made, was played.

The prosecution argued Mark admited killing Karen saying, "I killed my wife, expletive."

While Mark's defense maintains he really said, "I found my wife sick."

The jury was shown the interview of Mark repeatedly and adamantly saying, "That is not me."

When pressed by Stonehouse, Mark stood his ground saying, "that first part of it is not me. I don't know how you guys did that."

After the interview the prosecution rested their case.

The defense then began calling witnesses.  A neighbor who lived across the street testified that she saw a car near the Duenas' home the night of Karen's murder in May of 2012.

She said the car was parked in an area where she didn't normally see parked cars.

Crystal Jackson, the Duenas' neighbor of some 14 to 15 years said she spoke with the couple within a week of murder. 

She said the pair was working in the yard at the time.

Jackson described Karen as happy, discussing the couple's five-year plan and what they had on their bucket list.

Don Luster, a private investigator, testified he recreated part of the scene in Karen's room.  He said within seconds he could lift the blinds & step through the window as if to demonstrate an intruder leaving the scene.

He said he could do it in seconds.

Two people who had seen the couple at their son's double-header baseball game on the day of the murder also took the stand.

Both said all between Mark and Karen seemed, normal.

The couple sat together.

Karen kept score of the game like she did for all of her five sons and at one point Mark passed out cookies to the team Karen had baked.

The defense rested around 11 a.m. 

Closing arguments will begin Wednesday.

Mark is accused of stabbing his wife Karen, of nearly 33 years, in their Cottonwood home.

Her body was discovered on May 5.

A murder trial was held in July and August.

In August a Shasta County Judge declared a mistrial after the jury said they were hopelessly deadlocked nine to three in favor of acquittal.