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Trial in murder case set to begin Monday

by Western News
| June 18, 2009 12:00 AM

The alleged accomplice of a woman convicted of killing a 67-year-old man at a Libby-area campground last July will stand trial on murder charges next week.

Stephen Michael Thomas, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, is scheduled to be tried as an adult. The trial will begin Monday and is scheduled to last seven days. He is charged with deliberate homicide, tampering with physical evidence and stealing a pickup.

Thomas is accused of helping his 19-year-old girlfriend Heather Henson shoot Larry Kingsley to death at a remote campground on Sylvan Lake.

Thomas is expected to use self-defense to justify shooting Kingsley – a defense that Henson’s attorneys used.

Henson was convicted of mitigated attempted deliberate homicide in December for her part in Kingsley’s death and was given a five-year sentence.