Prescott murder suspects to be tried separately

Marzet Farris III and Laura Stelmasek By Christina O'Haver

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- A couple accused of killing the woman's husband in Prescott and dumping his body at a New Mexico airport will face trial separately.The Daily Courier reports that a judge ruled this week that 48-year-old Marzet Farris III and 46-year-old Laura Stelmasek will not be tried together.Defense attorneys argued they could implicate each other in front of a jury.Prosecutors say it doesn't matter in a conspiracy case.Farris and Stelmasek are charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a dead body.Authorities say they fatally stabbed Craig Stelmasek and left his body in a van at Albuquerque International Sunport airport in June 2011. They were arrested more than a week later at Farris' home near Raleigh, North Carolina.Farris is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 7.---Information from: The Daily Courier,© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.RELATED:Arrests made in homicide of Prescott man found in airport parking lot


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