- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

MANTI, Utah (AP) - A Utah prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial in the 2013 death of his cellmate.

Sixth District Judge Wallace Lee ruled Wednesday there’s sufficient evidence to try 33-year-old Steven Crutcher in the death of 62-year-old Rolando Cardona-Gueton.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1ty5A8E ) Crutcher pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities initially thought Cardona-Gueton may have committed suicide when he was found dead in his Gunnison cell in April 2013. But they say an investigation led them to believe Crutcher killed him with a bed sheet torn into strips and braided together.

Crutcher already is serving a sentence of up to life in prison for an aggravated kidnapping charge in June 2009.

Cardona-Gueton had been serving time in the prison since 2011 for theft and drug distribution.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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