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The Draper man accused of fatally stabbing one woman and injuring her friend at a Wyoming hotel will stand trial in January.
Bradley Ross Fairbourn, 19, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, for the June 23 slaying of Naisha Rae Story, 29, of South Jordan, as well as attempted murder, also a first-degree felony, for the injuries her friend suffered.
Sweetwater County, Wyo., Attorney Dan Erramouspe will decide by Sept. 9 whether to pursue the death penalty. The jury trial, scheduled to begin Jan. 17, likely will be a week long, but it could be extended, Erramouspe said, if his team seeks the highest punishment under the law.
Fairbourn allegedly was responding to an online ad for sexual services posted by the two women, he told police, when he went to their hotel room about 1 a.m. Either Story or her friend Fairbourn said he was unsure which woman he was communicating with apparently posted about "full service" massages, charging documents state.
After forcing his way into the room, he purportedly attacked the two women with a knife. When police arrived after Story's friend escaped and ran for help they transported Story to a local hospital, where she died from the injuries. Her friend has recovered.
Officers also found and arrested Fairbourn, who had left the scene, in the surrounding area. He was passing through Wyoming the day of the incident on his way to Utah, documents state.
He is being held at Sweetwater County Jail on $1 million bail and denied the charges at a preliminary hearing.