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NEXT PAROLE CHANCE IS ’97 FOR ROOMMATE ASSAILANT

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The former Utah Valley Community College student who shot his roommate in the side of the head two years ago won't be paroled for at least another three years.

Lyle Blaine Murray admitted shooting his college roommate, Rodney James, point blank in the head as they walked along the Provo River.The state Board of Pardons and Parole set a rehearing date in December of 1997 for Murray, who was convicted of attempted criminal homicide. The crime carries a penalty of one to 15 years in prison.

James, who survived the shooting, told the board in a letter that he felt the shooting was racially motivated. James, who's black, said Murray, who's white, was upset because he dated white women.

Murray denied any racial motivation for the shooting, saying instead, he was angry because James had stolen some checks from him and shorted him on some marijuana he'd bought.