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MORE TESTIMONY IN ARCHULETA TRIAL
STATE EXPECTS TO REST CAPITAL-HOMICIDE CASE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK

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STATE EXPECTS TO REST CAPITAL-HOMICIDE CASE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK

Michael Anthony Archuleta's former live-in girlfriend was expected to take the witness stand Friday, following a day of testimony centering on evidence found where investigators believe Gordon Ray Church was murdered.

The state expects to rest its capital-homicide case against Archuleta sometime next week. The defendant is one of two men charged in the Nov. 22, 1988, torture slaying of Church, whose body was found a day later north of Cove Fort in an area known as Dog Valley.On Thursday, Millard County Sheriff's Deputy James Masner testified that he found several bone fragments and hair samples within a large bloodstained area on a dirt frontage road about half a mile from I-15. Church's half-nude body was found nearby covered with dirt and tree limbs.

Masner said the defendant's fingerprints were found on a small lamp in the trunk of the victim's car and that fingerprints of co-defendant Lance Conway Wood were located near the car's trunk area. In addition, hair was found on a bumper jack that had been in the car's trunk. No discernible fingerprints, however, were found on the jack.

Testimony from Masner and other investigators seemed to indicate that the victim was beaten to death on the roadway, after which his body was hidden.

Witnesses testified earlier this week that Archuleta, 26, and Wood, 21, were seen driving the victim's white Ford Thunderbird in Utah County the morning after the murder.

West Valley City patrolman Thomas McLachlan said police found the victim's abandoned car Nov. 23 at 1950 W. 3800 South.

"I observed on the rear bumper . . . what appeared to me to be blood splatter," he said.

McLachlan and other officers testified that they found hair samples on the car's rear bumper and that blood was discovered on the car.

Detective Richard Judd of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department testified that investigators found Archuleta's bloodstained pants in a drainage ditch in Murray on Nov. 23. He said the pants were found four blocks from a thrift store where a witness Wednesday testified Archuleta had bought a new pair.

Near an I-15 on-ramp in Draper, Capt. Robert Dekker of the Millard County Sheriff's Department testified, investigators found papers, a telephone calling card and pieces of a photograph belonging to the victim.