Uinta County Attorney Scott Smith says the search for the men who killed Jeffrey Green in 1979 is continuing, but he declined to discuss how the conviction of Alvin "Hap" Russell may affect the investigation.
Russell, 37, of Salt Lake City, was convicted by a Uinta County District Court jury Tuesday of conspiracy and aiding and abetting first-degree murder in Green's death and could face a sentence of up to life plus 10 years in prison.Judge Kenneth Hamm has ordered a background investigation on Russell before he is sentenced, a process expected to take about five to six weeks.
Mark Hopkinson has been convicted and sentenced to death for ordering Green's murder. Todd Hall, 47, also of Salt Lake City, still faces the same charges on which Russell was convicted, but his case has been postponed while the Wyoming Supreme Court considers his claim that he was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for previous testimony.
The two men seen taking Green from his Mountain View home on May 18, 1979, believed to be the ones who tortured and killed him, have never been identified or charged by investigators.
Smith said the search for the killers is continuing but he would not discuss if investigators are pursuing any specific leads that might lead to an arrest.
No testimony was presented during Russell's weeklong trial concerning the identity of the two men who inflicted 138 burns on Green before shooting him in the head and dumping his body at an Interstate 80 rest stop near Evanston.
The body was found May 20, 1979, two days before Green was scheduled to testify before a Uinta County grand jury investigating the 1977 bombing deaths of Evanston lawyer Vincent Vehar and two members of his family.