After 8 hours, jury still out in Nemnich murder trial

The jury in Jerry Nemnich’s double-murder trial left the Mesa County Justice Center shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday without a verdict following roughly eight hours of deliberation.

The jury received the case around 4:30 p.m. Monday and started deliberations around 9 a.m. Tuesday, working through the lunch hour.

Nemnich, 65, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony murder in the July 1975 killings of Linda Benson, 24, and her daughter, Kelley Ketchum, 5, at unit 211 of Chateau Apartments, 1300 N. 21st St. The bodies were discovered the evening of July 25, 1975, by Benson’s common-law husband, Steven.

Prosecutors said Nemnich’s blood was confirmed in full or partial matches in eight separate locations inside Benson’s apartment.

Testifying in his defense, Nemnich told the jury he bled heavily in the apartment after he was assaulted by an unknown person with a knife the night of July 24, 1975, before stumbling upon the murder scene.

Jurors are expected to gather again at 9 a.m. today.


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