A Midvale man has pleaded no contest to charges he was intoxicated on the November night that his pickup struck and killed Murray Police Officer Jackson Elmer.
Kelly Lloyd Ray, 27, entered his plea before 3rd District Judge Richard Moffat, who scheduled sentencing for Nov. 4, prosecutor Glenn Iwasaki said Monday.Ray pleaded no contest to vehicle homicide, a third-degree felony, and failure to stop at the scene of an injury accident, a class A misdemeanor.
Ray was charged with being drunk while driving the northbound truck that hit Elmer and fellow officer Robert Hall, who were investigating a stalled car at 5530 S. State the night of Nov. 13, 1987.
Elmer, a three-year veteran with the Murray police force, was carried about 200 feet. He was dead when emergency personnel arrived.
Hall suffered a dislocated shoulder and numerous cuts and bruises.
Ray, who was arrested a few hours later at his parents' home, was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent. Utah's legal limit is 0.08 percent.
In exchange for the no contest plea, prosecutors dropped two related misdemeanor charges. Ray faces a possible maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.