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LDS Church Rejects Claim It Meddled In Death Row Case

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it didn’t improperly meddle in a death row inmate’s 2015 trial when it laid out ground rules for what local church leaders could say before they testified as character witnesses. FOX 13 reported Saturday that church attorneys said in a Dec. 8 filing that outside lawyers working on the church’s behalf did not interfere or obstruct witness testimony. Douglas Lovell's appeal of the guilty verdict in the 1985 killing of Joyce Yost contends the church interfered in his trial and that he didn’t receive adequate legal representation.