may 29, 1971 utahn pleads innocent in coast slaying
FViday. Uiahn Pleads Innocent In Coast Slaying SAN LUIS OBISPO (UPI) Joseph D. Tregeagle, 23, Provo, Utah, who was charged with the stabbing murder of 17-year- old Ronald Alan Payton, pleaded innocent Friday to a charge of first degree murder. Superior Court Judge William P. Clark Jr. set trial for after Tregeagle's representative, public defender Neil Hovis that the trial date be set as in the future as possible to allow him to plan the defense. Pay ton's body was found a camper at Mountana de State Park. He had been several times in the chest Jan. 8 and his throat had been Police said that he had been sexually molested. Tregeagle was arrested in Provo-, Utah, on May 15. Hovis said that he needed much time as possible to investigate all aspects of the case. He reserved the right to make another plea in the future.