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Utah high court won't hear motion in case

Utah high court won't hear motion in case

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court has refused to hear a motion filed by attorneys for a man charged in the shooting deaths of two women.

Jacob Ethridge is charged with aggravated murder in the July 2008 deaths of Teresa Tingey, 43, and Rosanna Cruz, 25. Ogden police said the women, who worked as prostitutes, were shot after being solicited by Ethridge.

Ethridge's public defenders filed a motion in May with the high court that challenged the prosecution's claim that the shootings were a single criminal episode. The defense says the shootings were separate events.

The motion was an effort to remove the death penalty as a possibility in the case.

The state Supreme Court declined last week to entertain the motion. The case could now go to trial as soon as this year.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

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

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