Death penalty sought in jealousy-fueled trailer park murder

Published on January 19, 2018 at 11:51AM

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a 28-year-old Utah man charged with killing a man who was in bed with his ex-girlfriend in a Cedar City trailer park.

The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports that Mark Mair’s attorney, Douglas Terry, called it “sobering” to hear prosecutors want the death penalty. Terry says the facts in the case don’t warrant that punishment.

Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett says the decision to pursue the death penalty allows prosecutors to keep all options open.

Mair is accused of killing 34-year-old Justin Hannah on July 24, 2016 in an alleged fit of jealousy. Hannah was in bed with Mair’s ex-girlfriend. Hannah was shot three times.

Mair and an alleged accomplice were arrested in Grand Junction, Colorado the next day.