Charges filed in 1990 slayings of teen, boyfriend

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Posted: Nov 07, 2014 1:55 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a 14-year-old girl in 1990 has been charged in connection with her shooting death, which occurred three months after the abduction while she was waiting to testify against him.

Charles Stroud, 57, faces charges of solicitation to commit murder in the deaths of Jessica Carpenter and her boyfriend, 37-year-old Steve Staskiewicz, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday (http://tinyurl.com/lyl7jf6).

Stroud was on parole in the kidnapping case when he was re-arrested Oct. 24. It was not immediately clear what led to the new arrest.

Online jail records did not indicate whether Stroud has an attorney. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 17 for a bond hearing.

Stroud was charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting Carpenter in December 1990. Carpenter and Staskiewicz were shot to death three months later in a Colorado Springs residence. Staskiewicz also was expected to testify against Stroud.

Stroud pleaded guilty to kidnapping in December 1991 and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sexual assault charges were dropped.

It was not clear when he was paroled.

Timothy Kennedy, now 58, was convicted in 1995 of killing Carpenter and Staskiewicz. A judge ordered a new trial in 2009 based on DNA evidence, and he was convicted again in May 2014.

He is serving life in prison without parole.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com