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2 SPANISH FORK MEN TO FACE MURDER COUNTS IN COLLISION

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Two Spanish Fork men accused of killing a motorcyclist about three years ago will stand trial next year on charges of murder, a first-degree felony.

Brad Koyle and Adam Johnston, both 20, pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday in 4th District Court. Judge Ray M. Harding set a pretrial hearing for Feb. 5 where attorneys for both defendants will argue several motions. The attorneys are expected to ask that the defendants be tried separately and that statements made by Koyle to police be suppressed.The two are accused of killing Chris Carter, 26, who died Oct. 17, 1993. Carter was driving a motorcycle on U.S. 6 in south Spanish Fork when he was knocked off his motorcycle from behind by a speed-ing car.

Utah County prosecutors allege Johnston and Koyle were inside the vehicle and say the collision was intentional. Koyle allegedly confessed to investigators that the two rammed into the back of Carter's cycle on purpose. Johnston was allegedly angry at Carter for harassing Johnston's then-girlfriend, who was Carter's former stepdaughter.

Defense attorneys Mike Petro and Mike Esplin say their clients are being overcharged and that they might have acted recklessly or negligently but had no intention of killing Carter.

Esplin said investigators should have stopped interviewing Koyle when he asked them whether he should get an attorney. Petro will try to have Koyle's confession suppressed because Koyle can't be cross-examined.