PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The judge presiding over a Prescott stockbroker’s murder
trial has denied a request to delay sentencing in the case.
Attorneys for Steven DeMocker say they need more time to investigate the
character of a witness for the prosecution.
Judge Gary Donahoe quickly rejected the request Thursday without explanation.
DeMocker is set to be sentenced on first-degree murder and six other charges
Friday in Yavapai County Superior Court. He faces life in prison.
A jury convicted DeMocker of the charges in October. Prosecutors argued that
DeMocker had a financial motive in killing his ex-wife, Carol Kennedy, at her
home in 2008. They said DeMocker was deep in debt at the time and wanted to cash
in on Kennedy’s life insurance policy and avoid monthly alimony payments.
DeMocker has maintained he is innocent.