A man charged with murdering a West Valley woman and her daughter last year has been ordered to stand trial in 3rd District Court on charges of capital homicide.
Steven Ray Stout, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 17 before Judge James Sawaya.Third Circuit Judge Eleanor Van Sciver ruled Wednesday that enough evidence exists to try Stout on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony theft.
Stout is accused of killing his ex-wife's stepmother, Bonnie Craft, 41, and Craft's daughter, Maureen Turner, 18, whose bodies were discovered Jan. 22, 1988, in the Craft trailer home, 2801 S. 2540 West. Stout allegedly stole Craft's car and fled.
Craft was bludgeoned in the head at least 17 times and was stabbed seven times in the back. Turner was strangled with a sweater, stabbed in the chest and beaten about the head, according to preliminary hearing testimony last month.
Police arrested Stout Dec. 7 in Mississippi after he was featured on the nationally syndicated show "America's Most Wanted."