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DECORSO ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL IN FOUR SEPARATE CASES

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A former firefighter was ordered Thursday to stand trial in four separate cases, including the killing of a Payless Shoe Source clerk last year.

Third Circuit Judge Michael Hutchings bound over Michael Scott DeCorso, noting that the stabbing death of Margaret Ann Martinez was "tortuous and atrocious." DeCorso, 26, faces trial on the following counts:- Aggravated murder, a capital offense, for the Feb. 15, 1994, slaying of Martinez at the West Jordan store. A medical examiner testified the woman's head and face had been bound with duct tape and she also suffered 16 stab wounds to the sides of her neck.

- Six first-degree felonies, including rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with the Sept. 17, 1994, abduction of two teen-age girls in West Jordan. The two testified a man named Mike picked them up, pulled a gun and drove them to a remote area of Tooele County, where he raped one and forced sex acts with the other.

- One count each of rape and sodomy, both first-degree felonies, in connection with the assault of a woman who worked at the Old Mill spook alley in October 1992.

- Aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, for the burglary of a Payless Shoe Source store in Sandy on Sept. 17, 1994.

DeCorso, who pleaded not guilty to all the counts, will be arraigned before 3rd District Judge Leslie Lewis on Friday, Oct. 13.