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SUSPECT IN UTAH KILLING FACES TACOMA TRIAL

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Pierce County prosecutors said they may seek the death penalty against a transient charged with a Tacoma murder and who is a suspect in a Utah killing.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Tom Felnagle said his office must decide within 30 days whether to seek the death penalty against James R. Howland, 32, who has pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder.The defendant allegedly broke into the home of James M. Forrester, 62, who was found dead of multiple stab wounds in his Tacoma apartment Aug. 2.

Salt Lake City police said Howland was acquitted in Utah in 1985 in the shooting death of a 51-year-old transient. However, he remains a suspect in the 1978 slaying of another transient in Salt Lake, officers said.