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Utah state officials will not seek the death penalty against a man who has pleaded guilty to killing and sexually assaulting his five-year-old niece.
Alex Whipple entered his guilty pleas to murder, kidnapping and rape on Tuesday during a hearing in Logan, Utah.
Part - Agreement - Charges - Obstruction - Justice
As part of the agreement, charges of obstruction of justice and desecration of a body were dismissed.
Police say he killed Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Shelley on May 25, after his sister let him spend the night at the family home.
Authorities - Lizzy - Back - Knife - Lungs
Authorities said Lizzy was stabbed in the back with a knife, which pierced her lungs.
Lizzy was missing for five days before her body was found in a heavily wooded area less than a block from her home.
Prosecutors - Death - Penalty - Whipple - Lawyer
Prosecutors had previously agreed not to pursue the death penalty after Whipple gave his lawyer a map of where to find Lizzy’s body.
Whipple is scheduled to be sentenced on September 24.
June - Whipple - Lizzy
In June, Whipple was charged with murdering and sexually assaulting Lizzy.
Additional evidence from the state crime lab led to the counts of child rape and sodomy being filed against Whipple.
Girl - May - Whipple - Home
The little girl was last seen at around 2am on May 25 while Whipple was staying at her home.
She was reported missing the next...
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