uthan 23 sentenced to die for stabbing murder on coast 7/14/71
UTAH MAN, 23, SENTENCED TO FOR STABBING MURDER ON COAST SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP)-A Utah man has been convicted and sentenced to death—both on the same day- tor the slashing, stabbing death of a hitchhiking youth six months ago. Superior Court Judge William P. Clark Jr. found Joseph D. Tregeagle, 23, of Provo guilty of first degree murder Tuesday morning, then sentenced him during the after- ' noon. Tregeagle waived his right to jury trial and showed no emotion when the judge rendered the verdict and sentence He was convicted in the death of Ronald Payton 17 '£••. uu s ^S 6165 - Investigators said Payton, who had been hitchhiking to a rock music concert in Sacramento Calif was found Jan. 8 at coastal Montana de Oro State Park near San Luis Obispo. The body had been slashed four times in the throat and stabbed three times in the chest.