A Florida man who has been convicted of killing his wife in a hospital bed has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stark Lawyer Jeffrey J. Stark, 37, was sentenced by a Broward County judge to life without parole for killing his estranged wife in 2007.
Starks trial attorney David K. Smith said Stark had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was hospitalized to treat it, but that he was not bipolar.
He said Starks suicide attempt in 2007, when he was 21, was triggered by a breakup with a woman.
Smith said Stenson was in the hospital in his bedroom when his wife went to check on him in March 2007.
Stenson told her he had an injury and she was going to call 911, but Stenson did not show up.
When Stenson went to the hospital, he found his wife lying on the bed, with her throat cut.
His wife told police she was pregnant.
Stenson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October 2008 and was sentenced to three to 20 years in prison.
Smith did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.
Starnes defense attorney, Paul Stagg, said his client had bipolar disorder.
He also argued that Stenson’s death was accidental and not premeditated.
Stagg said his clients actions during the night of March 6, 2007, had no bearing on the outcome of the case.
He noted that he would have taken Stenson to the emergency room for medical treatment, and that Starnes had never been violent.
Stainys defense attorney said his firm had been involved in a number of other wrongful death cases, including one in which a woman was fatally shot by a former husband who had been incarcerated for a DUI conviction.
In those cases, Starnys defense attorneys argued that prosecutors were not properly represented and had used questionable evidence in charging Starns wife, who was unarmed.
In that case, Stannys defense team argued that police used excessive force, and it was not clear whether the officer had any probable cause to believe that Stannies wife had committed a crime.