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Man convicted again in 1991 Colorado Springs double homicide

By: Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com
May 12, 2014 Updated: May 13, 2014 at 7:11 am
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A man who was granted a retrial for a 1991 double murder for which he was serving life in prison did not get the acquittal, and the freedom, he sought.

For the second time, a jury found Tim Kennedy guilty of two counts of first-degree murder.

Kennedy was charged in the execution-style murder of Steve Staskiewicz, 37, and his 15-year-old girlfriend, Jennifer Carpenter, who were both found shot to death in a mobile home in Old Colorado City.

Kennedy was arrested for the murders in 1995, convicted of first-degree murder in 1997 and sentenced to two life terms in prison in a conviction later upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals.

In 2009, 14 years into his life sentence, though, new evidence brought his guilt into question, and District Judge Thomas Kane ruled that Kennedy was entitled to a new trial.

A letter admittedly written by another man, whom public defender Sheilagh McAteer pointed to as a viable suspect, suggested a coverup in the homicides. Additionally, forensic evidence that had waited to be tested until 2008 showed none of Kennedy's DNA was ever found at the crime scene.

Kennedy's monthlong retrial began April 3. A sentencing hearing is set for June 9, according to court documents.

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