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Apr 1, 2012 12:00 PM by Matt Stafford

Silverthorne man denies charges in wife's slaying

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) - A Silverthorne man has denied several charges stemming from the death of his wife, whose strangled body was found in the Blue River near her home in November 2010.

The Summit Daily News reports Dale Bruner pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder, assault and tampering with evidence. His trial is scheduled to begin in July.

Bruner had reported his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, missing on Nov. 23, 2010, saying she went for a walk the night before and never came home. Her body was found three days later, and prosecutors say strangulation, blunt force trauma, hypothermia and drowning were contributing factors in her death.

The couple had been married for 11 years, and Roller Bruner filed for divorce Nov. 1, 2010.

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