- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MANTI, Utah (AP) - A trial will be scheduled soon for a Utah prison inmate who faces a possible death penalty in the killing of his cellmate.

The Deseret News reported Monday (https://bit.ly/1rJFggE) that 33-year-old Steven Crutcher will be in court Sept. 17.

Crutcher’s trial on one charge of aggravated murder is expected to be scheduled that day.

Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel filed notice in July that he’s seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Crutcher killed 62-year-old cellmate Rolando Cardona-Gueton at the Gunnison prison in 2013.

The older man was found as if he had hanged himself. Authorities initially thought it was a suicide.

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

Crutcher’s attorney Edward Brass did not return messages.


Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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