BURLEY — A jury trial for two men charged with beating a teen and stealing his rifle while hunting has been canceled and may be rescheduled because of possible new evidence in the case.
“Information disclosed during the jury selection process required further analysis by all parties,” said McCord Larsen, Cassia County Chief Deputy Prosecutor. “A new trial date has not been set.”
Rodger V. Powell, 50, of Sandy, Utah, and Jeff Owen Smith, 44, of Eagle are both charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, injury to a child, burglary and grand theft, according to court records. A trial had been set to start Tuesday.
A status hearing in the case is set for Feb. 20 in Cassia County District Court.
Charges against a third man, Grant Edward Horn were dismissed.
The men were arrested after a 16 year-old boy said he was hunting in the Sublett area and the men approached him, grabbed him by the throat and began punching him.
The boy told police the men searched his pickup and called him a “stupid poacher.”
The men told police they saw the boy shooting at three bucks. Powell told police he called the poacher’s hotline and took a picture of the boy and the truck. Police found the boy’s rifle learning against a tree at a home where the men were found.