ST. GEORGE – A murder case involving a LaVerkin man may be resolved in the coming weeks as a potential plea deal moves forward.
Though John Stettler Stucki, 55, of LaVerkin, pleaded not guilty to first-degree felony murder charge in 5th District Court Thursday, his attorney said he was considering taking a plea offer.
“We do have a plea offer in this case he is thinking he’d like to accept if it’s under the same terms that (Deputy Washington County Attorney Zachary Weiland) previously advised,” Edward Flint, Stucki’s attorney, said. “It’s just a matter of some time to put the paperwork together, perhaps two weeks.”
Flint had previously submitted a motion to quash a bind over order that bound Stucki for trial on the murder charge. He argued the state hadn’t provided significant evidence for the charge, but possibly enough a lower charge of manslaughter or homicide by assault. However, with a potential plea offer in the works, Flint withdrew the motion Thursday.
Fifth District Judge John Walton scheduled Stucki’s next hearing for Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.
Stucki was arrested in October 2013, following an altercation between himself and 64-year-old Donald George Loomer. The two had been drinking and got into a fight. During the fight, Loomer allegedly smashed a coffee mug into the side of Stucki’s face. At some point after that, Stucki allegedly hit Loomer in the head with a 4-foot-long, 2-inch-wide branch. The impact from the blow left Loomer unconscious.
Loomer was flown to Las Vegas for treatment where he ultimately died from his injuries.
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