MOUNT PLEASANT — It has been a year since a Mount Pleasant couple was found shot to death in their home. Woody and Dorothy Fullwood appeared to be the victims of a random crime, which to this day, no one has been charged with.
Two suspects, Logan McFarland and Angela Atwood, are in a Nevada jail, but they have never been charged for the crime. Prosecutors have not charged them because they are in the Nevada jail, facing unrelated charges, but prosecutors say they are optimistic, that justice for the Fullwoods will happen in 2013.
The bodies of Woody and Dorothy Fullwood were discovered on New Year's Eve, killed in what police say was a robbery that turned violent.
"It has been difficult," Sanpete County Attorney Brody Keisel said. "It's been difficult on the community, difficult especially on the family."
Utah Investigators identified McFarland and Atwood as the suspects, but when they were apprehended, Nevada authorities wanted to prosecute them first for a violent robbery and attempted murder in Wendover.
"It has been difficult. It's been difficult on the community, difficult especially on the family."
"We've determined it is better not to file the charges until the suspects are back in the state of Utah," said Keisel. "We intend to do that, the charges are prepared."
But prosecutors insist the past year has given them time to build a stronger case, including results from evidence tested at the state crime lab.
There has been additional interviews that have been conducted, there's been testing on different pieces of evidence that testing has produced additional evidence," Keisel said.
When the case against McFarland and Atwood is over in Nevada, Keisel says they will be charged with murder in Utah.
As soon as Nevada officials deem that they are through with their case, there is a governor's warrant that awaits, especially for Mr. McFarland in the Elko County Sheriff's Office and our officials will go over to Elko and bring them back to our jurisdiction.
Obviously waiting for charges has been tough on the Fullwood family, because they don't want this case to be forgotten.
The Nevada trials are scheduled for February, so if those cases are wrapped up as planned, it's possible justice for the Fullwoods could finally begin sometime this spring.