State will seek death penalty in 1999 homicide

State will seek death penalty in 1999 homicide

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The man charged in the 1999 stabbing death of a University of Utah theater student could face the death penalty if convicted.

Donald Eugene Younge is charged with aggravated murder and nine other felonies in connection with events surrounding the death of 22-year-old Amy Quinton. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Utah prosecutors have 60 days following an arraignment to decide whether to seek the death penalty. On Friday the Salt Lake County district attorney's office said it wants Younge executed if he is convicted on the aggravated murder charge.

Quinton was stabbed to death while studying in her apartment.

Younge is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $2 million cash-only bail.

A court hearing is set for Jan. 15.


Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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