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Colorado Man to Stand Trial for Stabbing

Colorado Man to Stand Trial for Stabbing

Posted - Jun. 29, 2004 at 4:55 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- A judge in Moab today ordered a Colorado man to stand trial for allegedly stabbing a South Dakota tourist in front of a horrifed family of on-lookers.

Graham Austin originally pled guilty to first degree murder just eight days after the killing. But that plea bargain was later withdrawn following criticism that it was a rush to judgment.

In a brief preliminary hearing today a witness said she and her four children saw Austin pull Walter Pratt from his vehicle. She didn't see a knife but she saw Austin make stabbing motions and then throw the body in some bushes.

After he was bound over for trial Austin pled not guilty to all charges.

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