- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge has declined to toss charges against three men suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Vernal girl.

The Deseret News reports 3rd District Court Judge Randall Skanchy denied a motion to dismiss charges against 38-year-old Larson RonDeau, 28-year-old Randall Flatlip and 31-year-old Jerry Flatlip on Tuesday.

Their lawyers argue that the case against them should be thrown out citing inappropriate conduct from an investigator, a lack of DNA evidence to support the charges and the amount of time it’s taken to bring the case to trial.

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Prosecutors say the men assaulted the girl while her mother smoked methamphetamine in the garage.

The three have pleaded not guilty to child rape and sodomy charges.

An eight-day jury trial for the case is scheduled to begin May 2.


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

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