Suspects accused of murdering man over drug debt accept plea deal

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OREM, Utah – Two men accused of murdering a man over a dispute involving drugs accepted a plea deal, three months after police responded to what initially appeared to be the scene of a car accident.

Mason French and Travis Waldron, both 24, were suspects in the death of 42-year-old Rupert Miley, and the two men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter, obstruction of justice and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

Orem police responded to the scene of what appeared to be a bad traffic crash on November 19, 2013—where they found a Miley slumped over the steering wheel with a gunshot wound. Prosecutors allege French and Waldron killed Miley over an unresolved debt involving illegal drugs.

Police said in November that the evidence surrounding the death did not align with a vehicle crash, and their investigation led to the arrest of both French and Waldron that same day.

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  • Eric Anderson

    Remember the name of the prosecutor next election day. He plead down a couple of cold-blooded murderers to “manslaughter” because he couldn’t be bothered to do his job.

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