Guilty verdict in Grand Junction murder trial |

Guilty verdict in Grand Junction murder trial

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A 65-year-old Longmont man has been convicted in the 1975 stabbing deaths of a Grand Junction mother and daughter.

The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports that the jury in Jerry Nemnich’s murder trial returned its verdict Wednesday. The case went to the jury Monday.

The jury convicted Nemnich in the slayings of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her 5-year-old daughter, Kelley, in their home July, 24, 1975. He was arrested last spring after an investigation by a cold-case unit.

Nemnich surprised prosecutors by taking the stand and testifying that he was assaulted by someone with a knife before stumbling upon the victims. Prosecutors say his story didn’t account for his DNA under Benson’s fingernails.

He will be sentenced Nov. 8.

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