Prosecutors to seek death penalty in shooting case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors have filed court documents indicating they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of two men in Salt Lake City.

Christian Charles Sweeten, 27, of Murray, was charged last year in 3rd District Court in the September deaths of 21-year-old Michael T. Elhert and 42-year-old Anthony M. Gaines.

Prosecutors have said the men, who were on bicycles, were each shot twice in the back after a dispute over bad directions they allegedly gave Sweeten.

A trial in the case has been scheduled for April 2010.

A message left by The Associated Press for Michael Sikora, who is listed in court documents as representing Sweeten, was not immediately returned on Tuesday.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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