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Utah is calling for the execution of a man who has been on death row for years

SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah on Tuesday requested the execution of a man who has been on death row for nearly 25 years.

Taberon Honie was convicted in 1999 of murdering his ex-girlfriend's mother. In requesting the death sentence, the state's lawyers said that Honie had exhausted his appeal options and that there was no longer any legal reason to stop Honie's execution.

“Honie has no pending appeal challenging his murder conviction or death sentence. He has exhausted state and federal legal remedies to challenge his conviction and sentence. Therefore, there is no legal reason to delay the issuance of a warrant,” reads the official motion, written by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

In December 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal for Honie.

To take this application to the next step, a judge must sign the warrant.

According to court documents from 1999, Honie was convicted of aggravated murder for killing his ex-girlfriend's mother, Claudia Benn. He sexually assaulted her and slit her throat in front of her three grandchildren in her Cedar City home.

He was sentenced to death on May 24, 1999 and has been on death row ever since.

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