Suspect to stand trial for aggravated murder

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(KSL News) An Ogden man accused in two homicides has been ordered to stand trial on aggravated murder charges.

Jacob Daniel Ethridge is in jail for the murders of Rosanna Cruz and Teresa Tingey in July of 2007. Prosecutors say he shot and killed the women, then went to police and confessed to the crimes.

Bernie Allen, Ethridge's defense attorney, said Tuesday in a preliminary hearing that the shootings were two separate incidents and don't meet the legal requirements for aggravated murder, which can result in the death penalty.

Allen wanted the charges knocked down to two counts of murder. But 2nd District Judge W. Brent West allowed the charges to stand.

Weber County prosecutors could seek the death penalty and earlier said they would do that. They have until March 11 to decide.

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