- Associated Press - Saturday, January 3, 2015

MOUNT PLEASANT, Utah (AP) - Extradition from Nevada to Utah looms for a 26-year-old man charged with the 2011 shooting deaths of a retired Utah couple during a two-state crime spree.

Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel said he hopes to bring Logan McFarland to a Utah courtroom within a couple of months to face aggravated murder charges in the deaths of 70-year-old Leroy Fullwood and his 69-year-old wife, Dorothy, whose bodies were found in their Mount Pleasant home on Dec. 31, 2011.

Sanpete prosecutors charged McFarland with murder last May after he was sentenced to up to 56 years in prison in Nevada for a kidnapping, robbery and botched carjacking at a West Wendover casino that occurred later the same day in 2011.

Prosecutors said McFarland has fought extradition from the start, but he has nearly run out of options to avoid it. He currently is being housed at the Ely State Prison in eastern Nevada.

“We do expect to hear from the state of Nevada in the next couple of weeks,” Keisel told KSL (https://bit.ly/1DhtADE ).

Once in Utah, it will take additional time for McFarland’s defense to prepare.

“We are seeking the death penalty, so it will require a … qualified lawyer,” Keisel said. “He can either hire one or one will be provided by the state.”

Keisel said he has kept in contact with Fullwood family members on a regular basis and explained to them why they have had to wait for a trial.

“They don’t want their folks to be forgotten, that is at the forefront of their mind,” he told KSL. “We have not forgotten the Fullwoods, and it’s just a matter of letting the process move ahead. They understand that. No one likes that, but that’s the scenario.”

In the Nevada case, McFarland and his girlfriend Angela Hill, 27, tried to carjack a woman’s car outside a West Wendover casino on the Utah line. The driver was shot in the head but survived.

Hill was sentenced to 30 years in prison after testifying against McFarland in that case.

They were arrested in the Nevada desert three days after the Fullwoods were found dead.

Hill and McFarland also were charged with burglary and robbery in the Utah case.

McFarland’s Nevada attorney has said his client’s methamphetamine use clouded his judgment and drove him to make more poor choices.


Information from: KSL-TV, https://www.ksl.com/



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