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Utah man acquitted of murder, robbery charges in 2015 death

January 12, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 63-year-old Utah man has been acquitted of murder and robbery charges in the 2015 death of man run over by trailer he reported was being stolen in West Valley City.

District court jurors returned guilty verdicts for Jay Richard Urry Thursday on charges of third-degree felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor criminal justice.

But they found him innocent of the killing of 49-year-old Eric Carter.

Urry’s co-defendants, Jeanette Miner and Jesse Searle, earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree felony counts of manslaughter and obstruction of justice. They’ve both been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison.

Urry insisted he’d been duped by Searle into believing they were recovering property that belonged to Searle.

After spending two years in jail, he’s been released from custody pending his sentencing scheduled Feb. 26 on the lesser charges.

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