SALT LAKE CITY — A man who served time in prison for killing his cousin in 2002 now faces charges of raping a teenage girl.
Leon Lynch Hackford, 35, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with rape, a first-degree felony; object rape, a first-degree felony; and forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony.
In July, police say Hackford took a 15-year-old girl to his house "under the guise of providing her with a cellphone." He took her into a bedroom, locked the door and raped her, charging documents state.
In 2003, Hackford, who then lived in Roosevelt, was sentenced to 2 to 15 years in prison for manslaughter, possession of a dangerous weapon while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and domestic violence in the presence of a child.
Hackford, then 22, was at a party on July 4, 2002, when he shot and killed his 17-year-old cousin, Tomy Eldredge. He was originally charged with murder but maintained that the shooting was an accident and prosecutors couldn't prove otherwise.
According to police, there had been a lot of drinking at the party. Hackford told investigators he was showing off his gun and placed it against Eldredge's neck believing it was empty, and pulled the trigger. Eldredge's 16-year-old girlfriend and the couple's 7-month-old son were present at the time the shooting took place in the Roosevelt mobile home.
Hackford was paroled in July 2012. Hackford returned to the prison Sept. 12 pending the outcome of his new case.