A new trial date has been scheduled for an Illinois man accused of first-degree murder in the beating death last year of a Salt Lake County woman.
David Franklin Young, 28, Bridgeport, Ill., is charged with killing Ember Kimberly Mars, 27, whose nude body was found Aug. 19, 1987, in her home at 6262 S. Dewdrops Drive, in the Oquirrh Shadows subdivision southwest of Kearns.Young appeared in a hearing last week before 3rd District Judge Timothy Hanson, who scheduled Young's trial to begin March 21. The trial was originally scheduled for this week but was postponed after Young requested new counsel.
Mars, a part-time nurse, met Young at a Salt Lake truck stop the morning of Aug. 19, 1987. Young brandished a gun and forced Mars to take him to her home, where they were going to wait for her bank to open so he could steal her money, according to a sheriff's office detective who tape-recorded Young's confession.
While waiting, he raped her. She screamed for help so he stabbed her with a butcher knife and beat her about the head with a clothes iron, the detective testified.
Following the murder, Young showered and then stole Mars' small pickup truck, according to the testimony.
Illinois police spotted the truck about a week later and, after a high-speed chase, arrested Young.
At the time of his arrest, Young was on parole after serving time for killing his girlfriend in 1982 and was being sought in the murder of his wife in Indiana a month earlier.
Young has since pleaded guilty to his wife's murder and was serving a life sentence when Utah authorities decided to extradite him to face the Utah murder charge.