- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A jury will return Wednesday morning to deliberate whether or not a former Utah death row inmate should again be sentenced to death for a 30-year-old rape and murder.

Utah state courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer says a jury in Ogden began deliberating Tuesday but did not reach a verdict in the sentencing phase of Douglas Lovell’s case.

Earlier this month, a jury convicted 57-year-old Lovell in the case for the second time.

Prosecutors say Lovell raped a woman in 1985 and killed her to keep her from testifying.

He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, but a judge imposed it anyway after Lovell couldn’t meet the conditions of a plea deal by pointing investigators to her body.

The Utah Supreme Court allowed him to withdraw his plea in 2010.


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