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 Maurine F Hunsaker

Maurine F Hunsaker

Birth
USA
Death 23 Feb 1986 (aged 26)
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial West Valley City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot L-183-8
Memorial ID 31201742 · View Source
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MURDER VICTIM

Maurine was a beautiful 26-year-old mother of three children (ages 10 years, 15 months and 6 months old) working the night shift at a gas station in Kearns, Utah when she was robbed and kidnapped. She was allowed to call her husband Michael at about 11 p.m. that night and told him she had been abducted and robbed but was expecting to be released. Her body was found two days later tied to a tree near the Storm Mountain picnic area in Big Cottonwood Canyon. She had been strangled and her throat had been slashed from ear to ear.
Ex-con Ralph LeRoy Menzies was later found guilty of the senseless and brutal murder and sentenced to death.
Following Menzies' initial appeals in 1994 the Utah Supreme Court re-affirmed the conviction and original sentence. In 1995 Menzies filed a petition for post-conviction relief. In 2002, the petition was dismissed and the district court later denied Menzies' motion to set aside the judgment. But on another appeal, the Utah Supreme Court reversed the decision and sent the case back to the district court to reconsider.
In 2006 Utah's Supreme Court then decided Menzies should be able to start his post-conviction appeals all over again, due to the inadequate legal work of a prominent Salt Lake City attorney. The Utah Supreme Court ruling basically puts the case of Menzies right back to where it was after he was sentenced to die in 1988.
Four of the five justices concurred with the reasoning in the ruling written by Chief Justice Christine Durham. The Chief Justice said there is a general policy favoring the finality of judgments, including death sentences, but that finality doesn't have a higher value than constitutional protections.

As the "constitutional" rights of Mr. Menzies are being so determinedly protected one naturally has to wonder, "What about Maurine's?"

(Photo is of Matt, who was 10-years-old at time of murder, holding his mother's picture).


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  • Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
  • Added: 7 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31201742
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurine F Hunsaker (28 Feb 1959–23 Feb 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31201742, citing Valley View Memorial Park, West Valley City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carl W. McBrayer (contributor 46558074) .