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Trial pushed back for former beauty queen accused of first-degree murder

COUPEVILLE — The first-degree murder trial for Peggy Sue Thomas has been pushed back almost 100 days.

The trial for Thomas, the former hairdresser and beauty queen who police believe lured a Langley man to his death in 2003 with the promise of a Christmas gift for his wife, had been scheduled to start Jan. 24. During a short hearing Monday in Island County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem Carolyn Cliff agreed to push back the trial to May 1.

Craig Platt, an attorney for Thomas, had requested the delay.

Thomas entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in late October. Police allege that Thomas, 46, lured Russel Douglas to his death the day after Christmas in 2003 with a promise of a gift for his estranged wife, Brenna.

Thomas and Brenna Douglas had worked together in her Langley beauty salon, called Just B.

Authorities claim that Russel Douglas was shot once in the head by James “Jim” Huden after Thomas coaxed him to a remote property south of Freeland.

Douglas was found in the front seat of his Chevrolet Tracker by a couple walking their dog near Wahl Road on Dec. 27, 2003. Police later recovered the murder weapon, and Thomas’s fingerprint on the gun’s manual.

If convicted, Thomas faces a possible sentence of approximately 31 years in prison.

 

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