Arizona

Oct 4, 2013 12:23 PM by Associated Press

Jury to read verdict in stockbroker's murder case

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A jury is set to announce its verdict Friday in the case of a Prescott stockbroker charged with killing his ex-wife.

The Yavapai County jury reached the verdict in Steven DeMocker's trial late Thursday after two days of deliberations.

Prosecutors contend that DeMocker bludgeoned Carolyn Kennedy to death with a golf club in 2008 because he was deep in debt, wanted the insurance payment and didn't want to pay alimony.

DeMocker's defense team tried to deflect attention from him and toward a man who lived with Kennedy at the time but who has since died. They say authorities didn't properly investigate other possibilities.

DeMocker's first trial ended in a mistrial in 2010 after his defense team quit.

DeMocker faces natural life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

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