- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The trial for the kidnapping and murder of a Utah man whose body was beneath 6 feet of snow near Snowbasin opened with testimony from the man’s friend.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1C8PfKU) that Andrew Beck testified on Tuesday that he shot 34-year-old Cleat Knight after being coerced by their four kidnappers.

Beck’s comments came during the trial of Viliamu Seumnanu, the first of four defendants to be tried.

The prosecutor argued that Seumanu played an integral role in the murder by helping transport Knight to a location near Snowbasin and ordering him to sit.

He said Knight was shot as payback for the alleged theft of drug money.

Seumanu’s attorney argued that the man was coerced into participating in the crime and had no part in planning it.

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

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