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Utah High Court Upholds Murder-for-hire Conviction

Utah High Court Upholds Murder-for-hire Conviction



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man accused in the murder-for-hire killing of his wife.

Paul Christopher Allen, now 35, was found guilty in Farmington's 2nd District Court of aggravated murder for plotting the death of 24-year-old Jill Allen.

She was fatally beaten and strangled in 1996.

On appeal, Allen claimed the trial judge erred by allowing the jury to hear evidence that he used customer information from his job as a cell phone salesman to fraudulently get credit cards.

However, the Supreme Court found it was relevant because Allen used the purchases to account for the money he paid a middleman to hire the confessed killer.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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