Duenas: 'I didn't do it'

Mark Duenas found guilty of first-degree murder

REDDING, Calif. - A Shasta County jury has found Mark Duenas guilty of first degree murder in a  retrial. 

Mark Duenas was charged with killing his wife, Karen in May 2012. 

The jury began deliberations Thursday afternoon, and resumed deliberations Friday morning. 

"I read it fresh from the beginning and just presented it my way," said deputy district attorney Stephanie Bridgett shortly after the verdict came down.

As the clerk read the verdict Duenas stared straight ahead, behind him his family and friends were emotional.

As he was being escorted out of the courtroom Duenas looked down at investigators and said, "I didn't do it."

Bridgett said the 911 call where she said Duenas admitted to killing his wife was a critical part of the case, but she believes the blood found on his clothing was as well.

"His clothing and the fact that no one saw visible blood, but after extensive work was done by the Department of Justice it became obvious there was blood all over those clothes," said Bridgett.

"Retrials are hard, the people have every argument you've made, every question that you've asked they have the benefit of that going in," reacted defense attorney Ron Powell.

"It's been a long time waiting for this to happen for Karen and I think that there was justice today," said Bridgett.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Powell said he plans to file an appeal.

The first trial in the Duenas case ended in a hung jury in July.  Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.  Jurors indicated they reached a stalemate, with nine in favor of acquittal, three in favor of conviction.

Mark and Karen Duenas had been married for almost 33 years when her body was found in their Cottonwood home.  She was discovered in bed with several stab wounds.

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