FARMINGTON, Utah — The Latest on a man accused of kidnapping five people and then killing a train worker during a manhunt (all times local):
Wyoming prosecutors say a man will face murder charges in a train worker’s death after he’s sentenced in a separate kidnapping case in Utah.
Lincoln County Attorney Spencer Allred said Monday that 23-year-old Dereck James “DJ” Harrison could be extradited to Wyoming by mid-November. He’s charged with murder and kidnapping in 63-year-old Kay Ricks’ slaying.
Prosecutors are expected to decide whether to seek the death penalty after Harrison arrives.
He and his father are accused of tying up a woman and her four teenage daughters in a Utah basement and then snatching Ricks while on the run from police. Prosecutors say the Harrisons killed Ricks on the way to a Wyoming hideout.
Harrison took a plea deal in the Utah case Monday and agreed not to fight extradition.
His father killed himself in jail.
A spokesman for the family of a slain Utah train worker says they’re grateful a man will soon face charges in the death.
Richard Massey said Monday that while the family is relieved 23-year-old Dereck James “DJ” Harrison pleaded guilty to separate kidnapping charges, nothing can make them feel better about the death.
Prosecutors say Harrison and his father snatched 63-year-old Kay Ricks during his shift in Salt Lake City and beat him to death on their way to a remote Wyoming hideout.
Authorities say the pair were on the run after luring a woman and her four daughters to a Utah basement and tying them up.
The men were arrested after a five-day manhunt. Harrison agreed not to fight extradition to Wyoming to face murder charges after he’s sentenced in Utah next month.
His father, Flint Harrison, killed himself in jail.
A man accused of tying up five people in a basement is taking a plea deal in Utah but still faces a murder case in Wyoming, where he’s charged with kidnapping and killing a train worker while on the run from police.
Dereck James “DJ” Harrison pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated kidnapping Monday. The rest of his 16 charges in Utah were dropped.
Prosecutors say the 23-year-old and his father lured a woman and her four teenage daughters to their house in May, tied them up and beat them before they managed to escape.
Police say the men used drugs heavily and thought the mother had reported them to authorities.
While fleeing that crime, the Harrisons are accused of snatching the rail worker and killing him as they drove to a Wyoming hideout.
The father, Flint Harrison, killed himself in jail in July.
A man accused of tying up five people in a Utah basement and then killing a train worker in Wyoming while on the run from police is set to appear in court amid talk of a possible plea deal.
Prosecutors have said they planned to make a plea offer to Dereck James “DJ” Harrison before a court appearance set for Monday. Harrison is facing 16 drug and kidnapping charges.
The 23-year-old and his father were accused of tying up a woman and her four teenage daughters in May and beating them before they escaped. Police say the men thought the mother had reported their drug use to police.
Authorities say they grabbed a train worker while on the run from police and killed him in Wyoming. Harrison is facing murder and kidnapping charges there. Flint Harrison, 52, killed himself in jail in July.