Teen Accused of Killing Cousin Faces Murder Charges

Teen Accused of Killing Cousin Faces Murder Charges


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An 18-year-old Ute tribal member accused in the drunken shooting death of his cousin has been charged with murder.

Yesterday, Toby James Ridley of the Uintah Ouray Indian Reservation was charged with one count of second-degree murder.

According to the FBI, Ridley was in the John Star Flats area of the reservation on a hunting trip with his cousin, Shawn Hugo Ridley, and two others on Tuesday.

Witnesses told agents during the trip Toby Ridley became intoxicated and began arguing with the victim. Authorities say when Shawn asked to get out of the car, Toby shot Shawn once in the head with a rifle, killing him.

Witnesses drove off, leaving Toby, and drove to a home where they were able to call police.

If convicted, Ridley could face up to life in prison.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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