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(Panguitch-AP) -- The alleged accomplice in the slaying of Garfield County sheriff's Deputy David C. Jones has waived preliminary hearing and pleaded innocent.
William Byron Allred of Escalante is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated escape and obstruction of justice. A charge of driving under the influence was dropped.
Allred's pleas were made yesterday in sixth District Court in Panguitch.
Preliminary hearings commonly are waived when a plea bargain is in the works, but County Attorney Wallace Lee would not say whether that was occurring in Allred's case.
Yesterday's proceedings followed by one the sentencing of Earl Leston Barnes of Escalante, the alleged gunman, to life in prison without parole.
The shooting occurred on January 26th.
Prosecutors allege Jones stopped Allred for D-U-I and took him into custody but Barnes, who was a passenger, shot Jones.
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