Friday, May 2, 2008


Kidnapping suspect appears in court
The Salt Lake Tribune Article Last Updated: 05/02/2008 01:17:35 AM MDT

A man charged with kidnapping a woman from a West Valley City care center and driving her to Missouri - with the body of his former girlfriend concealed in a container on the back seat - made an initial appearance in 3rd District Court Thursday morning and appointed a lawyer to defend him. Judge Michele Christiansen made the appointment for Michael J. Doyel, who appeared via closed circuit television from the Salt Lake County jail and set another hearing for May 8. Doyel is accused of kidnapping Patricia Murray, a 60-year-old who has been ruled incompetent by courts to care for herself. A legal guardian said Doyel did not have permission to take Murray from the care center where she lives. Doyel also is charged in federal court with kidnapping 50-year-old nurse Deborah Jones, whose body was discovered April 21 in the back seat of her Volkswagen Passat in Branson, Mo. The car was parked at a hotel, where Doyel and Murray were found. Salt Lake District Attorney Lohra Miller has said her office will work to develop a murder case and anticipates filing charges against Doyel sometime in May. - Pamela Manson

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