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Animal rights activist found dead in garage

SANDY -- An animal rights activist facing federal charges in connection with the 1997 bombing of a mink farm apparently killed himself in his Sandy home Tuesday.

The body of Alexander David Slack, 24, was found in his garage, where the car engine was running, by two friends who came to visit him about 2:45 a.m Tuesday, Sandy Police Sgt. Kevin Thacker said. The friends administered CPR but were too late, Thacker said.Paramedics pronounced Slack dead at the scene from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, but a autopsy was being conducted Tuesday to determine an exact cause of death, Thacker said.

Police don't know if Slack's federal trial, which was scheduled for Aug. 30, played a role in his decision to commit suicide. Slack did leave a note, but it does not give a reason for his actions, Thacker said.

Slack, a parapelegic, was one of seven defendants charged with constructing a pipe bomb that was later detonated at the Fur Breeders Agricultural Cooperative mink farm, 8700 S. 700 West, Sandy, in March 1997, causing some $800,000 in damage.

Slack and defendants Clinton Colby Ellerman, Douglas Joshua Ellerman, Andrew N. Bishop, Adam Troy Peace and Sean Albert Gautschy, were reportedly associated with the Straight Edge gang and the Animal Liberation Front, police say.

Last year, Douglas Joshua Ellerman, 20, pleaded guilty to helping plant the bombs. He was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison and ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution.

Slack, who suffered from a serious liver condition and was waiting for a transplant donor, was paralyzed in a car accident. He also faced charges in 3rd District Court of criminal mischief, burglary of a building, unlawful release of commercial fur-bearing animals and burglary.