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12/27/2008 9:34:00 PM
Top 10 Stories of 2008: No. 5 - Carol Kennedy murdered; police arrest ex-husband
Carol Kennedy
Carol Kennedy
Steven DeMocker
Steven DeMocker

On July 2, Carol Kennedy, a former Prescott College instructor and popular local artist, was talking to her mother on the telephone at her home when she suddenly said, "Oh, no," and the line went dead.

Her mother, fearful something had happened, called police, who went to the home and found Kennedy dead from massive trauma to the head that they now believe her ex-husband, stockbroker Steven DeMocker, caused with a golf club.

Sources close to the investigation say DeMocker was a suspect almost immediately.

The couple had recently gone through an acrimonious divorce. Court documents show they argued over money and that both were living beyond their means, racking up credit card bills in the thousands of dollars.

Detectives arrested DeMocker on Oct. 23 and he has been at the Camp Verde Detention Center ever since.

DeMocker, through his attorney John Sears, has denied any involvement in his wife's death. Sears is seeking his client's release through a bail hearing. Judge Thomas Lindberg recessed the hearing on Dec. 24 after two days of testimony. It will continue at 11 a.m. on Jan. 13.

During the hearing, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives testified that within days after they seized DeMocker's passport, he applied for another one and lied on the written application for it by saying his current passport was missing.

While not directly discussing the lie, Sears has argued that it is normal for someone who travels out of the country on business to want to replace what the police had taken from him.

However, detectives noted that they checked with DeMocker's employer, who told them the company had no plans to send him overseas.

Throughout the bail hearing, Sears argued that detectives have no direct evidence linking DeMocker to his ex-wife's murder, including no blood evidence, no fingerprints and no weapon.

The golf club is missing that detectives say DeMocker owned and took to Kennedy's house before her murder so she could sell it at a garage sale she was planning.

Prosecutor Mark Ainley has argued that if the murderer wore gloves, there would be no fingerprints or DNA samples left behind.

DeMocker's alibi for the hours before and after Kennedy was murdered is that he was trail riding on his mountain bike at dusk in a sparsely populated area where no one saw him.

Detectives theorize that DeMocker rode his bike to an area behind Kennedy's house on Bridle Path Road, left it near a bush, hopped a barbed wire fence and went inside the home to wait for her return from her evening run.

The state has charged DeMocker with one count of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony, and one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony.

The punishment for first-degree murder is death or a life sentence with or without chance of parole, depending on what the judge orders.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009
Article comment by: Saddened by such a lack of compassion

It seems inappropriate to make jokes on a blog like this. It's not a laughing matter and some people find it sad and have a genuine interest in the facts and the outcome.

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

gggeeezzz really....does the paper have a way to get stories and comments texted? i feel like i'm missing out when a post was removed. lol

Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2009
Article comment by: optional

I'm sorry I missed the removed post. It was probably very interesting. Next time.

Posted: Saturday, January 03, 2009
Article comment by: anon

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Posted: Friday, January 02, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Even if it turns out that he did not commit the crime, I would not feel privileged to know this man. He simply has not been an honest man, or a good man. I can live without people like him in my life.

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

TO: - Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2009 Article comment by: A friend...- So you've had the the "privilege" of knowing Mr. DeMocker....considering his numerous affairs and the way he treated the woman who bore him his beautiful children and stood by him for so many years trying to work it out and now the charge of her murder...I find your choice of words interesting....i wouldn't have chosen "privilege". i could never imagine being privileged to know such a person.

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

To "A Friend". Someone is on Demockers side, you are. He can be very beguiling. Privileged knowing him... hmmm, as have many.

Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2009
Article comment by: A friend

I think all of the people who have already passed judgment on Mr. DeMocker are going to be shocked with the outcome of the trial. From all that I have read in the Courier, It is definately biased towards Ms. Kennedy, am I saddend by her death, absolutely. Who wouldn't be? I have followed this story closely as I have had the privilege of knowing Mr. DeMocker and i for one think that the paper has distorted the facts of this case as most media does, Biased one way or the other. They didn't say when he bought the guns in one article? Most people I know carry guns for protection. Why would he use a golf club that everyone seems to know he brought over to sell? He was a fanatic to a fault of healthy living, so riding a bike and having his saddle bags full of beef jerky and other dehydrated foods, doesn't a criminal make. As for the passport, did he know his company had no plans to send him overseas? maybe I am blind but I have been up close and personal with the man and i truly cannot believe that this is someone capable of this crime. I just feel someone should also be on his side.

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Article comment by: gosh

Why are "no names" buttons getting pushed so easily? This is a forum... not a jury. Relax

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Article comment by: No name provided

Why are you so uptight "no name"? Relax...

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Article comment by: Wishing you'd choose your words more carefully

Dear No Name Provided, Name calling, and assuming you know others' motives ("you are totally blind" "voyeuristic" "asinine" "you enjoy reading yourself in print" "you have an axe to grind" "you are totally blind" "perhaps it makes you feel important" "it looks pathetic") and bossing other people around ("you should do the right thing" "you should not make the community aware" "nor should you allude to...") are communication methods that I find offensive.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: No name provided

By the way, my comment about airing the DeMocker's dirty laundry on this forum didn't apply solely to Respectfully. However, she is the one who continues to do so as well as allude to inside, personal knowledge and information regarding the DeMocker/Kennedy family. I only decided to post yesterday because frankly, I was tired of reading her rants. I realize I could just avoid the comments section altogether and I probably will from now on, I had just tired of her diatribe and was compelled to finally comment on her postings. Respectfully, believe it or not, I do respect your opinion as to Mr. DeMockerís guilt, and you are most certainly entitled to it. However, I think you put your own selfish interests in front of the family's when it comes to this issue. Personally, I think you enjoy reading yourself in print, and I think you have an axe to grind with respect to Mr. DeMocker. If Ms. Kennedy confided in you over the course of her marriage, then you should do the right thing and give that information to the police (I believe you stated that you had). What you should not do is make the entire community aware of your inside personal information, nor should you allude to what could possibly be misinformation. As with all relationships, there are three sides to every story; her side, his side and then there is the truth. I think you are totally blind when it comes to some of the things you have posted on here and I also think in the end it only serves to hurt those you say you care about.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: Another outlook

Simmer down. Respectfully hasn't said anything a lot of other individuals haven't already said. No name appears to be a bit argumentative.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: No name provided

Dear "No Name" - This is a blog for the newspaper articles. H*E*L*L*O! Does it really matter if the jury comes from the county in which he's been charged and jailed or another county? I really don't think that matters much. Seems to me that you seem to be a bit controlling here, trying to tell others what they should or should not post. I've said it before, if you don't like what's written move on the another article or venue. Everyone who reads has a right to post whatever they feel they have a need to vent over. Then it's only up to the newspaper to deem whether it fits into their policies. Geezzz guys get a flippin life out here.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: Freaked out

Did you know them? Respectfully, I am not trying to shame you or pick on you. Yet, I want you to know that Carol's friends were her sanctuary, along with her children, her art and her spiritual beliefs & practices. She was not invaded by her friends, but rather supported by them. The statements that I have read seem freaky, and, honestly some of these posts strike me as odd and totally off base. The post that I am most confused by reads as if you are saying that Carol's friends caused he death... "What I find of great loss is the fact that those that knew her did not understand their impact on their intrusions into her life."

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: Had Enuff

Dear No Name...Thank You! I couldn't have said it any better.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: No name provided

Respectfully, no I didn't miss the article about the gun. My statement about tainting the jury pool had nothing to do with your question about the gun, it had more to do with everything you have posted about knowing the DeMocker family and what Carol had lived through during her marriage and several things you posted about his infidelity. The jury pool will come from Yavapai county and I'm sure some of those potential jurors have your comments. The fact is that unless we all lived with them, we don't know the entire story. Do I think he's guilty? I have to say it does not look very good for him. My heart goes out to his daughters as I can't imagine what the last 10 months have been like for them. I'm sure it's bad enough to read the stories without someone airing the family's dirty laundry in comments online. And to Thanks - her comments are a breath of fresh air? Seriously? I get that some people tend to have voyeuristic tendencies, but that is perhaps the most assinine thing I have ever read.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: Respectfully

Dear "Thanks, Respectfully"... Thank you so much for your post. I know not much of this type of forum. I just know that I have a great deal of compassion for Carol, and for her family. I know this loss was unnecessary and of great detriment to those that she loves and that loved her. What I find of great loss is the fact that those that knew her did not understand their impact on their intrusions into her life. She was a beautiful and caring woman. I know nothing in the big picture... I cannot influence this trial... I am a simple person and I appreciate your kind words, as would, Carol. Blessings, and thank you so much for understanding my thoughts and frustrations. You are appreciated in your compassion and kindness. I take not to fight or argue, only to express my thoughts and values, with love and respect. I know I am not a perfect person. I simply feel a need to express my feelings and thoughts. My thoughts are with her family, her mother, and her children... always and sincerely.

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Article comment by: Thanks, Respectfully!

Dear Respectfully, Please don't refrain! Your posts are such a relief & breath of fresh air to me!

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008
Article comment by: Respectfully

No name provided... Yes, you are right, two things I posted were removed. I've never seen a post like this and I am figuring it out as I go. Thank you. I asked a simple question. How that would taint the jury doesn't make sense since the issue of the gun was printed in the newspaper. Perhaps you missed that article. There are others on here that have had their posts removed as well and who have shown great distain for this man. I am no different. I'll refrain from commenting any further.

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008
Article comment by: No name provided

Respectfully, do you honestly think someone on this forum actually knows where he got the gun? Given the fact that he isn't a convicted felon, it isn't too hard to imagine that he purchased it from a gun store. It's also obvious that you don't like the man and I respect the fact that you are entitled to make your comments. However, I have noticed that several of your posts have been removed because of things you post here. Just let the justice system do its job. It's not up to you to attempt to taint the jury pool. At the rate your going, the defense is going to have enough cause for a change of venue. Perhaps it makes you feel important that you knew the victim as well as the accused, but trust me, as an outside observer it looks pathetic. Give the DeMocker children a chance to process everything that has happened in their lives. They deserve that much without having to be subjected to you making comments about their father. I'm sure this is a stressful enough time for them.

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008
Article comment by: Respectfully

Yes, this passport issue looks bad, so does the fact that he had a gun. Does anyone know where he got the gun?

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008
Article comment by: Passport attempt looks bad.

Filing for a new passport a week after authorities confisctaed MeMocker's is something I would wager his attorney didn't advise! Of course DeMocker had been ordered to stay in the country since he was a suspect. To attempt to acquire a second passport and lie about the reason will look very bad in front of a jury. Circumstantial evidence is enough to convict in some cases and the passport element will hinder the case a lot.

Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2008
Article comment by: MSD

(For the Courier writer who I assume has been sitting though all the proceedings) Has the DA indicated that the tire imprints at the crime scene are a match for the tread on any of the bicycles owned by the accused?

Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2008
Article comment by: Respectfully

Democker is right where he belongs, for now. There will be much more news to come.

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