Man takes plea deal in Provo contract killing

Thursday , July 17, 2014 - 8:39 PM

The Associated Press

PROVO — A man accused in what police say was a contract killing in Provo is accepting a plea deal.

The Daily Herald of Provo ( ) reports that 41-year-old Darrell Morris pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter, obstructing justice and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

He was sentenced to up to 15 years in jail. Morris’ attorney Neil Skousen says his client took the deal so he can get out of prison before he dies.

Morris and Danny Leroy Logue are accused of killing Andy Purcell in May 2011. Authorities say the two killed Purcell at the order of Yuri Laga, who paid them with methamphetamine.

Lara pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2012. Logue’s trial is set to begin in August.

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