Decision to Open Menzies Appeal Could Delay Execution

Decision to Open Menzies Appeal Could Delay Execution

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Third District judge is expected to decide within two months whether to reopen the state appeals of death-row inmate Ralph LeRoy Menzies.

That decision could delay his execution for years.

Ed Brass, the inmate's former attorney, has said he didn't investigate the case or respond to several motions from prosecutors.

His current attorney says Menzies shouldn't be held responsible for that.

The 45-year-old was convicted of the 1986 kidnapping and murder of Maurine Hunsaker. The 26-year-old mother of three was kidnapped from the Kearns gas station where she worked. Her body was later found near the Storm Mountain picnic area of Big Cottonwood Canyon. She had been strangled and her throat was slashed.

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

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