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Convicted killer’s attorney: Verdict skewed by religion
Utah Supreme Court » Death sentence came after Mormons were favored on jury, he says.

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As her mother and grandmother were being shot, the daughter began to pray. Taylor, who was on parole after serving a prison sentence for aggravated burglary, told her to stop because he was a "devil worshipper," according to court documents.

A short time later, Tiede’s husband, Rolf Tiede, and their 16-year-old daughter arrived, and Taylor ordered them into the garage.

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He told the father to remove his clothes, after which he stole $105 from his wallet and shot him.

Tiede played dead, but Taylor returned and shot him in the head at point-blank range, doused him in gasoline and set the cabin ablaze.

Taylor and Deli then drove away with the daughters in the family’s car.

Rolf Tiede, who survived the two gunshot wounds, was able to ride a snowmobile two miles for help, and the two men were arrested after a police chase.

Deli was found guilty at trial of second-degree murder and is serving a life sentence. Taylor pleaded guilty to capital murder, and a jury in 1991 sentenced him to death.

Pomerantz argued Tuesday that Taylor didn’t fire the "kill shot" and questioned whether one of the daughters correctly heard Taylor boasting about shooting the women. He said the daughter’s testimony shouldn’t be considered.

Justice Thomas Lee criticized Pomerantz’s dismissal of the victim’s account.

"It has no bearing? He said he shot her in the head," Lee said.

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