Stephenson killing trial continued

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - The trial has been continued for the Walton, Ky., man accused of beating a woman to death with a pepper grinder and a skillet.

Charles Stephenson, the 58-year-old charged in the beating death of 67-year-old Aurora resident Leigh Jennings, was scheduled to appear in court Monday morning, but it was continued until May 6, 2013. Officials did not say why the trial was continued.

Police say after killing Jennings, Stephenson stole $1,000 in cash from her to repay a debt to one of his family members.

Jennings was found dead in her Aspen Ridge Drive home in Aurora on April 5, 2012. Police said she was murdered on March 29. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma, which caused multiple skull fractures.

Stephenson is the nephew of Bill and Peggy Stephenson. The couple was found murdered in their Florence home more than a year ago.

The trial is expected to last a few weeks. If convicted, Stephenson could either be given a prison term of up to 115 years or be sentenced to death.

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