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Jury to decide sentence in 1984 slaying case

Jury to decide sentence in 1984 slaying case



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Penalty phase hearings are expected to conclude Wednesday in the trial of a man linked to the 1984 slaying of a service station attendant through DNA found in blood on a dollar bill.

A jury in 1st District Court last week deliberated about 12 hours before convicting Glenn Howard Griffin of first-degree murder in the death of Bradley Newell Perry.

Griffin could face the death penalty or life in prison with parole. He is being prosecuted under Utah's homicide statute as it was in 1984, when juries did not have the option of life without parole in death penalty-eligible cases.

Police say DNA testing linked Griffin to blood found on a dollar bill, which they say he gave as change to two men while pretending to be an attendant at a gas pump just after the killing.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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