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Sam Penrod ReportingThere is a breaking development tonight in the disappearance of Spanish Fork teenager Kiplyn Davis.
Another man has been charged in her murder, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
These murder charges were filed late today against Christopher Jeppson, one of three men who have been the focus of this investigation in recent months. He also recently was convicted in federal court on perjury charges related to Kiplyn's disappearance. Now Jeppson is officially accused in her murder.
Jeppson faces charges of first-degree murder and is now listed as a co-defendant with Timmy Brent Olsen. Jeppson still faces time in federal prison from his conviction in the perjury case.
Timmy Olsen was charged in Kiplyn's murder in January of 2006 and last summer was convicted in federal court on perjury charges as well. He is now serving a 12-year sentence in a federal prison on that conviction.
The case of Kiplyn Davis, who disappeared back in May of 1995, went cold until about three years ago when federal prosecutors seated a grand jury to investigate. From that grand jury investigation, three men who were classmates at the time with her have emerged as likely suspects.
The third player in this investigation is Rucker Leifson. He faces a similar federal perjury trial next month.
Prosecutors have called it a conspiracy of silence, where none of the three men have talked about what happened, which has allowed this case to remain unsolved.
The body of Kiplyn Davis has never been found, but there are allegations the three men have, over the last 12 years, admitted to being involved with her death.
Certainly these murder charges against Chris Jeppson will put more pressure on the three men, and which one will crack first and tell what they know so they can make a deal at the courthouse is anybody's guess.
There is a press conference scheduled on the Kiplyn Davis case tomorrow afternoon.