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Extradition to Utah looms for man accused of murdering Mount Pleasant couple

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MOUNT PLEASANT — A man accused of the murders of a Mount Pleasant couple may soon be extradited to Utah.

Prosecutors are hoping that Logan McFarland, 26, will be in a Utah courtroom in the next month or two. McFarland was charged in May with aggravated murder in the deaths of Woody and Ann Fullwood. His arrest on charges in Nevada is what has kept him from coming to trial in Utah.

McFarland was [arrested](http://www.ksl.com/?sid=18723799&fm=related_story&s_cid=article-related-1 "Man charged with 2011 murder") Jan. 3, 2012 in the Nevada desert after a three-day manhunt that began in Utah after Fullwoods were found dead in their home on Dec. 31, 2011.

From day one, McFarland has said he would fight extradition, but he has nearly run out of options to avoid it.

“We do expect to hear from the state of Nevada in the next couple of weeks,” said Brody Keisel, Sanpete County attorney.

Once in Utah, the murder case will also take time, affording McFarland’s defense adequate time to prepare.

"We are seeking the death penalty, so it will require a Rule-8 qualified lawyer. He can either hire one, or one will be provided by the state,” Keisel said.

Prosecutors do not believe having to wait three years for McFarland to be extradited will hurt their case.

"All of our witnesses are still available, and we anticipate providing all of the same evidence now that we would have at the time,” said Keisel.

Angela Hill — who was arrested with McFarland and also convicted of unrelated crimes in Nevada — faces felony charges in Utah as well, but she is not charged in the murder.

Prosecutors said they have kept in contact with family members of the Fullwoods on a regular basis, helping them to understand 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. 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,” Keisel said.

McFarland will have one more court hearing in Nevada in the next few weeks. After that, prosecutors are optimistic he will be extradited to Utah to have his first court appearance in Sanpete County.

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