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Bid to delay Arizona stockbroker's sentencing date fails

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- The judge presiding over a Prescott stockbroker's murder trial has denied a request to delay sentencing in the case.

Attorneys for Steven DeMocker said they needed more time to investigate the character of a witness for the prosecution.

Judge Gary Donahoe quickly rejected the request Thursday without explanation.

DeMocker is set to be sentenced on first-degree murder and six other charges Friday in Yavapai County Superior Court. He faces life in prison.

A jury convicted DeMocker of the charges in October. Prosecutors argued that DeMocker had a financial motive in killing his ex-wife, Carol Kennedy, at her home in 2008. They said DeMocker was deep in debt at the time and wanted to cash in on Kennedy's life insurance policy and avoid monthly alimony payments.

DeMocker has maintained he is innocent.

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