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5/4/2012 8:11:00 AM
Suspect may face death penalty in double homicide
Kenneth Wayne Thompson
Kenneth Wayne Thompson

Scott Orr
Special to the Tribune

PRESCOTT - Kenneth Wayne Thompson, accused in the murder of two people in a Prescott Valley home that was subsequently set on fire, appeared in court Monday, only to have his case continued while prosecutors decide if they will seek the death penalty in his trial.

Thompson, 28, of Doniphan, Mo., was arrested in connection with the deaths of Penelope Edwards, 35, and Troy Dunn, 38, of Prescott Valley.

They were found dead in a burned-out home in the 4000 block of North Tonopah Drive on March 16.

Both victims sustained head trauma, and their deaths were ruled to be homicides, said Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

Thompson is Edwards' brother-in-law, Bonney said.

On Monday, the defense attorney Bill Feldhacker said they did not want to move forward until the state makes a decision on the death penalty.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Dennis McGrane said the prosecution has until the end of the month to file a notice with the court if it does want to do that.

The County Attorney's Office has already filed with the court documents alleging that Thompson committed the crimes while on release from two felonies in Alaska, first-degree robbery and second-degree theft.

Thompson will be back in court May 30 for a case management conference.

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