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Barbara Rocky

A former BYU student accused of murdering his girlfriend, a Y coed , 33 years ago has been extradited back to Utah.

Gerald Walter Hicker, 58, was in the Salt Lake County Jail Friday on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to make his first Utah court appearance Monday in 3rd District Court.

Hicker is accused of killing Barbara Rocky in 1974. Rocky's nude body was found by utility workers off the road of Big Cottonwood Canyon hidden under brush.

Hicker claimed he had found a note in his car written by Rocky saying that she decided to leave town with some people she just met. He reported her missing to BYU security the day before her body was found.

Rocky's purse and an Astra .357 caliber six-shot revolver she purchased with Hicker have never been found. She was shot five times, according to investigators who also noted that Hicker had instructed her to always keep just five bullets in the chamber.

Hicker was considered a suspect from the beginning but there was never enough evidence to directly link him to the crime. Salt Lake County Sheriff's detective Todd Park, an expert in cold cases, reopened the case seven years ago, and thanks to advances in DNA technology, was able to bring a murder charge against Hicker in November of 2007.

Park went to Hicker's home in Tacoma, Wash., to arrest him. He had been held in the Pierce County, Wash. Jail since his arrest.


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