Judge Recommends Death Penalty For Killer Of Three
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Death is the appropriate punishment for a man convicted of three murders in a robbery where the victims were forced to drink a caustic drain cleaner and then shot, the trial judge said.
District Judge John F. Wahlquist on Tuesday ordered Pierre Dale Selby, 34, to die by lethal injection Aug. 28 for the 1974 slayings in the Ogden Hi Fi Shop.
″I have lived with this case for 13 years and am of the opinion that Pierre should be executed,″ Wahlquist wrote in a report to the state Board of Pardons, which might review the sentence.
Wahlquist first sentenced the former Air Force helicopter mechanic to death in November 1974, along with fellow Hill Air Force Base Airman William Andrews, 32, for the murders of Carol Naisbitt, 52, Michelle Ansley, 19, and Stanley Walker, 20.
No execution date for Andrews has been set.
The victims, including survivors Orren Walker, 52, the father of Stanley, and Carol Naisbitt’s 16-year-old son Courtney, were forced to drink liquid drain cleaner and were shot during a robbery of the shop on April 22, 1974. Selby raped Ansley, evidence showed, and Orren Walker was strangled and had a pen stomped into his ear.
The Board of Pardons, an appointed three-member panel, has the authority to commute a death sentence to life in prison.
Selby’s attorney, Gil Athay, notified the court Tuesday to expect further legal challenges to the execution, including another to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Athay earlier expressed doubt that the board would commute Selby’s sentence. He did not return phone calls made to his office after the hearing.
Athay has said a hearing would be ″like blowing smoke into the wind″ because of Gov. Norm Bangerter’s statements that he wants the execution to proceed without further delay.
Selvy must seek a hearing before the Board of Pardons by July 17. The panel would question witnesses and hear defense arguments.
Wahlquist’s report also faulted the appeals process which, after 13 years, ended last month with the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of Selby’s last petition for a rehearing.
The execution would be the first in Utah since Jan. 17, 1977, when Gary Gilmore faced a prison firing squad for the murder of a Provo motel clerk.
Gilmore was the first prisoner executed in the United States after the Supreme Court permitted capital punishment to resume in 1976.