Retrial begins next month for Mark Duenas, man accused of killing wife in Cottonwood
The murder re-trial for Mark Duenas will continue as planned next month and attorneys anticipate that it will take longer than the first trial.
Duenas is accused of murdering his wife of almost 33 years.
Two months ago, the jury said they were hopelessly deadlocked, nine to three in favor of acquitting Duenas for the murder. With so much media attention, they have figured that more people have been exposed and they are planning to draw from a larger pool.
There is also a change on the district attorney end -- Stephanie Bridgett will now represent the people. She did not want to elaborate on the details but she said she looks forward to presenting the case "her way."
Bridgett estimated she will call 60 witnesses to the stand over 15 court days.
To compare it for you, last time, the people took about six days.
Duenas' attorney, Ron Powell, said he is anxious to get things underway and to get Mark home.
While the trial will be longer, he said he does not see much changing.
"I think more thorough, I think it will last longer but I think the facts are basically the same. I haven't seen anything new coming in factually," said Powell.
Both attorneys agreed that it would be made known to jurors that they are serving on a retrial but the details of why a verdict could not be reached will not be revealed.
Lawyers are now waiting for transcripts from the first trial so they can compare witness statements.
Jury selection is set to begin October 1.
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