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Appealing is years-long process

Published: Thursday, Oct. 14 1999 12:00 a.m. MDT

Ronnie Lee Gardner: Sentenced to die in November 1985 in Salt Lake City for shooting to death attorney Michael Burdell and critically wounding a bailiff. Gardner was trying to escape during a court hearing on a homicide he committed after a successful escape attempt two years earlier. A ruling on his federal habeas corpus petition is pending in U.S. District Court.

Joseph Mitchell Parsons: Sentenced to die Feb. 18, 1988, for the stabbing death and robbery of Richard Ernest in Iron County, Aug. 31, 1987. His federal habeas corpus petition was denied, and he chose not appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Doug Carter: Convicted of stabbing the elderly aunt of a former Provo police chief multiple times and shooting her in the back of the head during a robbery on Feb. 27, 1985, because of a grudge against the chief. He was sentenced to die Dec. 27, 1985. That sentence was overturned four years later, but he was again sentenced to die in 1992. A decision on his state habeas corpus petition is pending in Provo's 4th District Court.

Ralph Leroy Menzies: Sentenced to die Nov. 18, 1988, for the kidnapping and strangulation of a Kearns woman in 1986. Her body was found in Big Cottonwood Canyon. His state habeas corpus petition is pending in 3rd District Court.

Michael Anthony Archuleta: Condemned Dec. 21, 1989, for raping and torturing to death a gay Southern Utah University student on Nov. 22, 1988. A ruling on his state habeas corpus petition is pending in 4th District Court.

Von Lester Taylor: Sentenced May 24, 1991, to die for breaking into a cabin in Oakley in December 1990, shooting a woman and her mother and seriously wounding the woman's husband. He then kidnapped the couple's two daughters before setting the cabin on fire and fleeing. The wounded husband rode down the mountain on a snowmobile and called police, who arrested Taylor and his co-defendant, Edward Deli. Deli received a life sentence. Taylor has filed a habeas corpus petition in 3rd District Court.

Doug Lovell: Sentenced to die Aug. 18, 1993, in Ogden, for killing a South Ogden woman in 1985 to keep her from testifying against him at a trial on charges that he raped her. His conviction is under appeal with the Utah Supreme Court.

Ron Lafferty: Sentenced to die for beating and cutting the throats of his brother's wife and her 15-month-old daughter in 1984. His original sentence was overturned, but he was again sentenced to die April 10, 1996, and has chosen to die by firing squad. His brother Dan, an accomplice, was sentenced to life in prison. Lafferty's conviction is under appeal with the Utah Supreme Court.

Troy Michael Kell: An inmate in the Gunnison prison and a white separatist who was sentenced on June 26, 1996, for stabbing a black inmate 67 times with a crude knife on July 6, 1994. He chose to die by firing squad. Eric Thomas Daniels, who held the inmate down while Kell stabbed him, was sentenced to life in prison. Kell's conviction is under appeal with the Utah Supreme Court.

Roberto Arguelles: Sentenced to die May 12, 1997, in Salt Lake City for killing three teenage girls and a school janitor in 1992. His conviction is being appealed to the Utah Supreme Court.

Taberon Dave Honie: Sentenced May 20 to die for sexually assaulting and slashing the throat of his ex-girlfriend's mother July 9, 1998, in Cedar City. His conviction is under appeal with the Utah Supreme Court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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