LOGAN — Glenn Howard Griffin, convicted of killing a gas station attendant more than two decades ago, saw his own life on the line as the penalty phase of his capital murder trial got under way Tuesday.

The jurors who convicted Griffin last week of killing Bradley Newell Perry at a Brigham City service station in 1984 will have two choices before them when the penalty phase ends Thursday: life in prison or death.

"It's very difficult to overstate the seriousness and the gravity of what we're starting here today," prosecutor Brad Smith said. "There's nothing happy or even satisfying about the process."

Perry's friends and family spent most of the morning recounting stories about the 22-year-old man who was planning to marry his sweetheart and study medicine.

"He was the peacekeeper," Newell Perry, the victim's father, said. "He did not like violence."

Bradley Perry was an Eagle Scout who didn't have the heart to pull the trigger the first and only time he got a deer in his sights. Bradley Perry was the grade-schooler who stood up to kids four years his elder when they mocked his sister's polio.

In May 1984, he was working at a gas station when he was killed. The case went cold for years, until Griffin was arrested and charged with murder in 2005 when DNA on a dollar bill taken from the crime scene linked him to the slaying.

The cold-case trial began in October before concluding last week. In the end, jurors deliberated for about 12 hours before returning with a guilty verdict.


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