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Husband of Murdered Woman is Focus of Defense Motions

Husband of Murdered Woman is Focus of Defense Motions



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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- The attorney for the man accused in a decades-old murder is filing motions that focus on the murdered woman's husband -- who was the man initially charged with the crime.

In March, Edward Lewis Owens was charged with the 1980 murder of Karin Strom after DNA matching his was found in samples taken from under the woman's nails.

Husband of Murdered Woman is Focus of Defense Motions

His attorney has repeatedly said his defense for Owens will focus on Steven Strom. Steven Strom was accused of his wife's murder, but the case against him was dropped in 1981 for lack of evidence.

Owens' attorney, Michael Studebaker says there is a 27-year-old suspicion by police that Steven Strom planted evidence at the scene. Studebaker has filed a motion asking that all evidence at the crime scene be kept from the jury.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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