Jury sentences Missouri man to death for two Arizona murders

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A Missouri man convicted in the 2012 murders of his sister-in-law and her boyfriend in Arizona has been sentenced to death.

Yavapai County Superior Court officials say a jury reached its verdict Wednesday and lawyers for Kenneth Wayne Thompson, 35, have already filed an appeal.

Jurors began deliberating March 30th whether Thompson should get life in prison or the death penalty. He had been convicted on February 20th on two counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Thompson used a hatchet and knife to kill Penelope Edwards and Troy Dunn in March 2012. He then poured acid on the bodies and set his sister-in-law’s Prescott Valley home on fire.
Jurors rejected arguments by Thompson’s attorneys that his motive for the slayings was rooted in his upbringing as a Scientologist.

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