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UPDATE: Judge denies defense motion for mistrial in Mark Duenas murder trial

Published On: Jul 17 2013 11:23:35 AM CDT
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REDDING, Calif. -

Wednesday morning a judge denied a defense motion for a mistrial in the murder trial of Mark Duenas.  He's accused of killing his wife of 33 years, Karen Duenas in May of 2012.
The defense motion brought the trial to an abrupt halt Tuesday afternoon.     Defense attorneys claimed prosecutors had introduced inadmissible evidence in front of the jury.

Prosecutors played a tape of Duenas being questioned after his wife Karen was found dead.  In the tape, Duenas is heard asking for an attorney, and that's what the defense objected to in court Tuesday.

Judge Bradley Boeckman ruled no prejudice was suffered and any prejudiced has been cured by judge. The correct video of the interview will be taken into evidence.

Karen Duenas was found stabbed to death at the family's Cottonwood home in May 2012.