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A short time later, Tiede’s husband, Rolf Tiede, 51, and their 16-year-old daughter arrived, and Taylor ordered them into the garage.

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

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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 two 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 suspects were arrested after a police chase.

Deli, now 43, 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.

Taylor is one of nine inmates currently on Utah’s death row.


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