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Interior designer murdered stepfather who kept nude photos of her on his computer, prosecutors say

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A California interior designer and butterfly activist is standing trial for the murder of her stepfather, a man prosecutors say she killed because he kept nude photos of her on his computer.

Jade Janks, 39, and her former stepfather, Thomas Merriman, used to share a home together in Solana Beach, California, about an hour and a half south of Los Angeles. Though Merriman had divorced Janks' mother many years ago, Janks continued to help Merriman. The two were passionate about protecting the native butterfly population, and both Janks and Merriman have been described as co-founders of Butterfly Farms, an organization dedicated to counteracting "the decline of native butterflies and other native pollinators."

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