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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney has decided against seeking the death penalty for a Utah man who drove 1,800 miles to Missouri with a dead woman in a perfumed storage container in the back seat of her car.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman says mental health issues are involved. Melodie Rydalch says the Department of Justice will make a final decision on Tolman's recommendation, made this week.
Michael Doyel, 47, is charged with federal kidnapping and murder charges. The state has filed its own first-degree murder charge against Doyel for April's cross-country caper.
State obstruction of justice and theft charges also were filed against him. Together, the state charges don't qualify for the death penalty. Tolman's decision means Doyel's case is unlikely to turn into a capital punishment trial, but he faces life in prison if convicted.
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