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Wednesday, June 28, 2000 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Charges filed in death of couple

Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau

EVERETT

A 42-year-old Snohomish man was charged yesterday with two counts of vehicular homicide after prosecutors said his pickup ran a red light and killed an Edmonds couple on the eve of Father's Day.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Ronald Castleberry issued an arrest warrant for Steven V. Duncan and set his bail at $250,000.

The judge took into account that Duncan previously had been charged in four driving-under-the-influence (DUI) cases, two of which resulted in convictions and two in deferred prosecution.

Duncan's blood-alcohol level at the time of the June 17 accident was 0.25 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Kathleen Patterson said in charging papers.

Patterson also noted that three days after the crash she had seen Duncan in a television-news segment "carrying a case of Busch beer."

Killed in the accident at 208th Street Southwest and Highway 99 in Lynnwood were Elmer Kvinsland, 78, and his wife, Joyce Kvinsland, 72.

Patterson said in charging papers that Duncan's pickup ran a red light at 10:59 that Saturday night and smashed into the passenger side of the Kvinslands' car, which was pushed against a pole, and the couple were killed instantly, Lynnwood police said.

After the crash Duncan stumbled, had watery eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to charging papers. He was arrested that night on suspicion of drunken driving and posted bail hours later.

Members of the Kvinsland family said they were appalled that a person with Duncan's criminal history could post bail so soon. The Kvinslands had been planning a Father's Day family gathering at their Edmonds home. Relatives could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Duncan's DUI arrests include one in 1986 in Georgia in which prosecution was deferred. In 1989, he was convicted of DUI in Renton and again in Federal Way. In 1995, Duncan was charged a fourth time in King County, but a district judge deferred prosecution after he agreed to two years' probation, which included drug and alcohol treatment and meeting with victims of DUI accidents, court rec ords said.

Manny Gonzales' phone message number is 425-745-7808.

His e-mail address is mgonzales@seattletimes.com.

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