Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Courtesy UHP James K. Slavens, 54, of Fillmore, died when he rolled his car taking an off-ramp from Interstate 15.
Fillmore defense attorney dies in I-15 rollover
First Published Dec 13 2012 01:41 pm • Last Updated Apr 08 2013 11:32 pm

A Fillmore defense attorney died in a crash Wednesday night on Interstate 15 when he failed to negotiate a curve on an off-ramp.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said James K. Slavens, 54, was driving his 2000 Cadillac El Dorado southbound when he took the Fillmore exit, skidded off the left shoulder and then rolled as he overcorrected.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Slavens, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. He was alone in the car.

Johnson said the investigation was ongoing Thursday, but evidence at the crash site indicated alcohol may have been a factor.

Slavens had formerly represented death-row inmate Michael Anthony Archuleta, convicted of the brutal 1988 murder of 28-year-old Gordon Ray Church — a 28-year-old theater student at then-Southern Utah State College — in a remote location in Millard County.

Slavens also had represented Ruben Chavez-Reyes, who was convicted of helping Roberto Miramontes Roman flee Millard County after Roman allegedly shot and killed Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox on Jan. 5, 2010.

Deputy Millard County Attorney Patrick Finlinson, who knew Slavens for 10 years, called him a very capable lawyer and one of the most experienced in the county.

Finlinson added that he could always count on Slavens putting up a good fight.

"Jim, he worked very hard for his clients," Finlinson said. "He worked hardest for the clients who liked him least."

Slavens — a former Millard County prosecutor — got his law degree from the University of Idaho and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1992.

story continues below
story continues below

remims@sltrib.com mmcfall@sltrib.com

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.