A Millard County justice of the peace has denied a motion from two Salt Lake City newspapers to lift a gag order on a case against two men charged in the death of a Southern Utah State student.

Justice of the Peace Ron Hare also held a preliminary hearing behind closed doors Tuesday.Michael Anthony Archuleta, 26, and Lance Conway Wood are charged with capital homicide, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and auto theft in the beating death of Gordon Ray Church, 28, of Delta.

Before the hearing began, Hare denied a motion by attorneys for The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and Society of Professional Journalists to lift the order and allow the public into the hearing. Hare also denied a motion from the media to unseal the records in the case.

The gag order was put into effect Nov. 25, the day the two suspects were charged in the beating death of Church, son of Delta City Councilman David Church.