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State seeks death penalty in Huntsville double murder case

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Stephen Marc Stone faces two counts of capital murder. Stephen Marc Stone faces two counts of capital murder.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The man charged with killing his wife and son appeared in court on Wednesday.

Stephen Marc Stone faces two counts of capital murder. He is being held without bond in the Metro Jail.

Police said Stone strangled his wife, Krista, and then strangled and drowned his 7-year-old son, Zachary in February.

A Huntsville Homicide Investigator took the stand Wednesday and said Stone said something in him broke, which lead to the murders of his wife and child.

The investigator said the day before the murders, Stone left a note for Krista that said, "I need to go for a drive," and he went to Florida.

He said when Stone came back late, Krista woke up and confronted him. There was no big argument, but he began to choke her.

He said Stone then went to Zachary's room and started choking him, but he didn't die. He then put Zachary in the bathtub, where he drowned.

Afterward, Stone told investigators he lit a candle because it "smelled like death." Then he watched TV and took a nap.

The next morning, the investigator said Stone took the two girls down to Leeds, near Birmingham. He stopped at Walmart to change clothes because, he told investigators, they also "smelled like death."

He dropped his daughters off at his parents' home in Leeds, then he went to Leeds Police Department and made his confession.

Investigators said they found the victims in the family's home on Chicamauga Trail in south Huntsville in the master bedroom, both of them on the bed. Zachary was wet and wrapped in a towel.

Stone's defense attorneys, Brian Clark and Lonzo Robinson, said there is no evidence in the home that Stone was the killer. 

The judge approved the defense's motion to review the crime scene.

Prosecutors Rob Broussard and Tim Gann plan to seek the death penalty.

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