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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 2:55 p.m. MDT

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ute alumni
paradise, UT

carry out justice and execute him

Danbury, CT

How can you really determine mental competency? ANYONE who commits murder, especially in this way, of an innocent wife and baby, is completely and absolutely NUTS!!

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

This should have been dealt with in 1985. Our judicial system is pathetic.

midvale guy

This crime was committed in 1984. When does it end? It doesn't matter if he's crazy or not. He shouldn't have been alive this long to go crazy completely. He has already cost us all an unbelievable amount of money that could've been spent many other places for the betterment of society. Stop the insanity! Execute him now

Craig Coleman
Genola, UT

Our judicial system works just fine. I appreciate the fact that appeals can be made for a variety of reasons on behalf of people. It may be that in this case the accused deserves execution but, in other cases, having the right to appeal may keep us from executing someone wrongfully.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

He is an oxygen thief. A chapter that needs to be closed.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Midvale Guy,
There should be exceptions made for those who are guilty beyond all doubt. I'm not talking about a case where the evidence was shady or motives are a factor. Where do you draw the line? He killed an innocent woman and her infant and was convicted and sentenced to death by a jury TWICE and yet nothing has happened in almost 30 years. When a man such as this can be a leach to society for thirty years simply because he can hold off his execution with appeals, I will say it again, our judicial system is pathetic. I don't understand how it can be described as "works just fine."

Warna, Bulgaria

Are you aware that he is not the man who slashed the victims?

Farmington, Utah

@corenal, are you aware that it was Ron who wrote what was called "the removal revelation" that stated the reasons for killing Brenda, and two others who mercifully escaped these monsters? Were you aware that with his brother Dan, Ron beat Brenda, then choked her with a vacuum cord until she blacked out, and then let his brother slit her throat? Then he directed his younger brother, Dan, to go into the next room and slit the throat of Brenda's baby. Is he less guilty than his brother of these heinous crimes? I think not.

Bountiful, Utah

Oh, come on, of course he is the man. If you know something then why haven't you come forward. The judicial system is sick and does not work just fine. All of these appeals are ridiculous. One appeal, I can see, but years of appeals, no! Just carry out the decision of the jury. Let God decide who is at fault if there has been a miscarriage of justice, which I do not believe has happened here. This man knows how to use the system to his advantage and time has run out.
He needs to pay now for what he has done. If Daniel did it then he will pay, whether it is with a firing squad or on the other side.

terra nova
Park City, UT

It is easy to say the system is broken. It is easy to call for death when you sit on the sidelines. But if you are in the middle of the fray, it is not as easy. Perhaps we can content ourselves knowing that this offender has been in prison for all these years and be glad... while we work to alter a system that is not perfect, but which may be less broken than we think.

Salt Lake City, UT

Can you imagine, their brother has had to live with what happened all these years! You can imagine what it did to the rest of their family and the family of their sister in law! Putting him to death doesn't change anything, but I think in some cases the punishment fits the crime! There has to be some kind of punishment for something so horrific! They knew what they were doing!

Taylorsville, UT

Unless his age has contributed to his "insanity", he can't be any more "insane" now than he was then. The crime was hideous, and keeping him and his brother on the "public dole" all these years is rediculous. When the news gets slow, someone always drags up something that may make them "famous". The both of them were no good in 1984 (and before) and nothing has changed since then. As for his brother "having to live with what happened", he didn't care then and I doubt if he cares now.
End it and them both now. There are more important ways to use our tax dollars.
What about Lance and Kelbach? 43 years was too long to wait for one of them to go, how much longer do we wait for the other to follow?

Mont Pugmire
Fairview, UT

We, the people, have been paying for his free room and board for 1/3 of his life. We, the people, have been paying for his endless array of money grubbing attorneys. We the people have been denied the fellowship and friendship of his victims for most of their lives. And we, the people, can't even get to see what legal shenanigans are being perpetrated on us all ... and still all paid for by we, the people. Innocent until proven guilty is a great law. Guilty for 1/4 century and still thumbing his nose at we, the people, is a travesty. M Pugmire

Blackfoot, ID

I fear that too long has passed since the crimes for people to remember the victims, and that he will be the one getting sympathy. How about a photograph of the beautiful, very young, wife and baby he killed?

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