Hearing set in Prescott stockbroker's murder case

Hearing set in Prescott stockbroker's murder case

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A judge has set a December hearing to consider arguments over whether prosecutors in the case of a Prescott stockbroker accused of killing his ex-wife had illegally viewed documents that weren't intended for them.

The Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/TjBToU) that a judge had initially turned down a request by Steven DeMocker's lawyers to hold a hearing, but a higher court ruled that the judge must hear the matter.

DeMocker's re-trial on charges that he bludgeoned to death his ex-wife in 2008 has been held up, largely due to this issue, for most of 2012.

His first trial ended abruptly in late 2010 when his legal team quit, citing a conflict of interest.

Lawyers for Yavapai County say prosecutors viewed the documents for legitimate reasons.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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