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Associated Press

Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty against a Sunset man accused in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-wife.

Roger Martin MacGuire, 47, is accused in the Jan. 15 shooting of Susan MacGuire, 38, at the Layton insurance office where she worked.

Angry about his ex-wife's pregnancy by her fiance, MacGuire shot at the woman's abdomen, deliberately aiming at the 4-month-old fetus inside her, prosecutors contend.

Deputy Davis County Attorney Bill McGuire said during a hearing this week in 2nd District Court the issue now was whether to seek a life-in-prison term with or without parole.

After the hearing, McGuire said prosecutors had decided not to pursue the death penalty in part because the defendant had no previous criminal history.

The issue of whether the victim's fetus could be considered in the capital murder charges, as the state had decided it should, also was a factor. McGuire said his office believed the matter was too risky to present before a jury.


The North Holladay community has submitted its petition for annexation.

Because the community meets requirements for annexation, the city would probably not be able to stop the annexation, said Ron Mumford, executive secretary of North Holladay Community Inc. The city will have until 14 days to officially protest the annexation.

The North Holladay community that would be annexed is between 3900 and 4500 South, and Holladay Boulevard to 2300 East. Approximately 6,000 residents in the area and almost 75 small businesses are in the area.

The City Council has worried about the pending annexations, primarily because no prominent revenue-generating areas such as a mall or superstore are in the areas.


Councilman Ren Souza will be hosting a Meet the Candidate night Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The event will be at Grant Elementary, 662 W. Bulldog Circle (6120 South) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to ask the mayoral candidates questions throughout the evening. John Christensen, Chad Soffe and Gary Williams are all expected to attend, Souza said. Mayor Dan Snarr, who is running for his second term, has not decided whether to attend.


The city will host a "Meet the Candidates" night, Sept. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at the Riverton Community Center, 12830 S. 1700 West. Candidates for City Council and mayor will be in attendance. Each will have a table set up, and residents can ask questions.

West Jordan

Until Wednesday, Taylorsville had not formally been included in a coalition to secure light-rail extensions to west-side cities.

The West Jordan City Council unanimously voted on a memorandum of agreement that includes Taylorsville, Midvale, South Jordan, West Valley City and West Jordan. The agreement paves the way for a $1.5 million environmental study, the first step in a long process. The cities will share in that cost.

Mayors from other cities told Taylorsville Mayor Janice Auger they knew of the city's interest in a light-rail spur, which would primarily serve a Salt Lake Community College Campus on Redwood Road at about 4500 South. The reason Taylorsville was left out of the formal process until now, Auger figured, was that the city is still so new that it doesn't appear on some Wasatch Front Regional Council maps that have been used in the planning process.