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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Plea deal reportedly reached in Kuehni case

ELLSWORTH - The upcoming re-trial of Rose Marie Kuehni on second degree murder charges in the death of boyfriend Douglas Bailey, scheduled to begin next Tuesday, may not take place due to a reported plea deal reached in the case.

The plea deal was reportedly reached just before Thanksgiving and was agreed to by the parties involved: Kuehni and her defense attorney Mark Gherty, the Pierce County District Attorney's office and members of the Bailey family. Details on the plea deal are still unknown and will be revealed at a plea hearing next Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Pierce County Courthouse.

Kuehni was acquitted by a jury of first degree murder charges in a trial held back in August. She was convicted of hiding Bailey's corpse after she shot him with a shotgun just before Thanksgiving of 2015. Kuehni claimed she did so in self-defense and jury deadlocked on second degree murder charges. Kuehni was to be re-tried starting next week on those charges.

The plea will certainly affect the status of Kuehni's friend Clarence Hicks who agreed to hide Bailey's body near his home in Kentucky and has been charged with hiding a corpse as well. His case will have a status conference on Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

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