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Second Trial Set in Motel 6 Slaying

Second Trial Set in Motel 6 Slaying

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- The second trial of Elliott Rashad Harper in the 1996 slaying of a Woods Cross Motel six night clerk has been set for February 16th.

Harper's first trial in the death of Matthew John Whicker ended in July in a hung jury.

The trial date was set yesterday by Judge Thomas L. Kay.

Harper and David Jonathan Valken-Leduc were implicated in the case after Todd Jeremy Rettenberger pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges said that he was the lookout and getaway driver. He received credit for the five and one-half years he had spent in the Davis County Jail and was released in March 2002.

Valken-Leduc was convicted in January and sentenced to six years to life in prison.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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