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Second man charged in 1984 slaying

Box Elder case stumped probers for 2 decades

A second man has been charged in the 1984 slaying of Bradley Newell Perry — a case that had stumped investigators for two decades.

The Box Elder Sheriff's Office arrested Wade Garrett Maughan, 50, Thursday afternoon in Spokane, Wash. Maughan waived extradition to Utah.

Capital murder charges filed Friday in 1st District Court state that Maughan confessed to participating in the murder.

"He felt like he wanted to get it off his shoulders," said Det. Scott Cosgrove, who interviewed Maughan in Spokane.

Maughan was also charged with aggravated robbery. Facing the same charges is Glenn Howard Griffin, who was found in a California federal prison when DNA from blood found on a dollar bill was matched to Griffin.

The maximum penalty for aggravated murder is death.

The charges stem from the slaying of a gas station attendant in Perry, Box Elder County.

Charges state Maughan held Perry's legs while Griffin assaulted him, an assault that led to Perry's death. Police officers who went to the scene found Perry had been bludgeoned, stabbed to death and tied up.

About 4 a.m., some time after the murder, a car pulled up to the gas station and convenience store where Perry worked to save money for college. Court documents state that the occupants of the car were helped by a man who pumped gas, took an order for cigarettes and brought back correct change.

But one of the dollar bills had a wet, red substance on its face, and thinking the substance was blood, the people drove away and called police, documents state.

It was DNA testing on that blood stain that led to investigators to Griffin, who was extradited to Utah in September.

Investigators, suspecting Griffin did not act alone, followed various leads taking them to Arizona, Nevada, Detroit and then Spokane, where local law enforcement agencies helped Cosgrove find Maughan, he said.

Cosgrove said, and court documents state, that Maughan provided information that only someone involved in the slaying would know.

Cosgrove hopes the two men will eventually testify against each other when their cases go to trial 21 years after Perry was killed.

Bradley Perry's brother, Lee, who works as a Utah Highway Patrol sergeant, said the family is excited the case is moving forward.

"Twenty-one years is a long time," Lee Perry said. "We couldn't be more pleased as a family."

Griffin has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 5 in 1st District Court.


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