McFarland likely to face Utah homicide charge

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Utah prosecutors expect to file homicide and other charges against a suspect in the 2011 slaying of an elderly couple in Mount Pleasant after authorities in Nevada are done trying him on other counts related to a two-state crime rampage, Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel said Thursday.

Logan McFarland, 26, is on trial in state district court in Elko County this week on burglary, kidnapping and robbery charges tied to the shooting of a woman during a botched carjacking outside a West Wendover casino on Dec. 31, 2011.

His alleged accomplice, 27-year-old Angela Hill, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to the same charges in October and is testifying against McFarland.

Both former Sanpete County residents also are charged with burglary in Utah after they allegedly were found with guns and other property stolen from a Mount Pleasant home about 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, where authorities found the bodies of Leroy Fullwood, 70, and his wife, Ann, 69 that New Year’s Eve.

Utah authorities earlier identified McFarland and Hill as persons of interest in the double slaying.

Keisel said additional charges are pending, but have not been filed as the two states formalize his return to Utah.

“On the advice of the attorney general’s office, we’re leaving it as a burglary charge until he is back on Utah soil,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday.

“Once they are done with him over there (in Nevada), we anticipate he will be returned,” he said in a telephone interview from Manti, Utah. “At that point, there will be a litany of charges filed, including homicide.”

Keisel declined comment on whether Hill also would be returned to face additional charges. She’s been ordered held in the Elko County jail pending the outcome of McFarland’s trial.

Elko County District Judge Nancy Porter said at Hill’s sentencing in October she’ll have to serve at least 11 years before she’s eligible for parole.

Hill, who also went by the name Angela Atwood, testified on Tuesday she participated in the car theft and shooting of a woman in West Wendover only because McFarland had threatened to kill her, according to the Elko Daily Free Press.

Police say the couple left Utah in a stolen car for West Wendover, where they shot and wounded 36-year-old Rattanaphorn Keomanivong. After the victim fought off Hill and tried to speed away, she was shot in the head and hospitalized.

Hill originally was charged with attempted murder but that charge was dropped as part of a plea-bargain agreement. She has maintained all along she was not the shooter. She testified on Tuesday that McFarland had threatened to kill her along with Keomanivong.

“He said if I didn’t take that car, he was going to blow both our heads off,” she told the court.

The trial was continuing Thursday.

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