Sentencing in two cases for a Bountiful man who has admitted to three killings has been delayed to June 14 in 3rd District in one case and to June 21 in 2nd District Court in another so the courts, attorneys and psychiatrists can review evaluations.
Russell Miner Anderson, 35, has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the shooting deaths of a South Salt Lake couple, Norman B. Armstrong, 39, and his wife, Janet Marie Armstrong, 38, and of Frank R. Boulton, 38, in Bountiful.
Anderson, who is mentally handicapped, appeared Monday before 3rd District Judge Leonard Russon in connection with the Armstrong murders and Tuesday before 2nd District Judge Rodney S. Page, but defense attorneys asked the judges for more time to review psychiatric evaluations of Anderson. The delays were granted.
The Armstrongs' bodies were found near an I-80 overpass at 60th West. They had been shot several times July 22 with a .22-caliber pistol, the same pistol used to kill Boulton, whose body was found Aug. 28 in a Bountiful church parking lot, investigators said. Boulton and the Armstrongs were acquaintances of Anderson and were also mentally handicapped.
The sentencing judges, based on psychological evaluations done at the Utah State Hospital and by private doctors, can decide whether to send Anderson to the Utah State Prison or the Utah State Hospital.