Son to Testify Against Father for Murder of Hunters

Son to Testify Against Father for Murder of Hunters

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- One of two New Mexico men accused of killing two hunters in Daggett County has pleaded guilty.

Michael David Heffelfinger was sentenced to life without parole for killing the two Vernal men in October 2001.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kelly Carter and 23-year-old Brad Gross were shot to death as they hunted near Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Their pickup truck was also stolen.

Heffelfinger and his father Lewis Francis Heffelfinger were arrested for the murders. Authorities say the Heffelfingers needed transportation after wrecking their car the day before while were fleeing from a Daggett County sheriff's officer who intended to cite them for speeding.

Heffelfinger has agreed to testify against his father, who goes on trial in September.

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

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