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Request to delay sentencing in murder

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

A man convicted of assisting in a murder-suicide is scheduled to be sentenced next week after a judge rejected a lawyer's request to delay the hearing.

Dustin Stienstra, 21, of Alton, was convicted on July 29 of first-degree murder after he failed to stop his best friend from killing a woman and then killing himself, authorities said.

Stienstra's new lawyer said he needed more time to file post-trial motions and asked that sentencing be delayed.

District Judge James D. Scott rejected Weinhardt's request to delay sentencing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

A motion for a new trial was filed by Stienstra's former lawyer Monday, before the deadline for filing motions expired. Scott didn't rule on that motion. The charges were the result of the Oct. 26 deaths of John Turpin III, and his former girlfriend, Sarah Harvey, 19.

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