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Jury Finds Yosemite Killer Sane

September 16, 2002

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Convicted Yosemite killer Cary Stayner was sane when he murdered three park tourists in 1999, a jury said Monday, clearing the way for jurors to determine whether he is sentenced to death or spends the rest of his life in prison.

Jurors took less than four hours to reject the defense claim the former motel handyman was crazy and unable to understand what he was doing, or that it was wrong to murder the three Yosemite National Park tourists.

The same jurors convicted Stayner last month of murdering Carole Sund, 42, her daughter, Juli, 15, of Eureka, and their Argentine friend, Silvina Pelosso, 16, while they were staying at the lodge where he worked outside the park.

Jurors now will begin the penalty phase of the case against Stayner, 41, who already is serving a life sentence for another slaying, that of park nature guide Joie Armstrong.

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