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Charges dismissed against man nearly seven years after Indian burial mound desecration

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By Associated Press, 11/20/2002 11:45

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Almost seven years after a couple was charged with robbing a prehistoric Indian burial mound, the wife was put on probation and the case against her husband was dropped.

Jeanne and James Redd were charged after a tip from hikers led a sheriff's deputy to where the couple and several children were digging near prehistoric Indian ruins in southeastern Utah in January 1996.

According to later testimony, the spot was recognized as a mound where the ancient Southwestern Indians traditionally buried their dead along with prized artifacts, such as pottery.

Three times, confusion over state laws led district judges to dismiss charges that were reinstated by higher state courts.

On Monday, Jeanne Redd, 44, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of attempted corpse abuse. She received no fine or jail time. The felony charge of corpse abuse against James Redd, 52, was dropped.

Prosecutor Joanne Slotnik said she was pleased with Monday's outcome. ''We wanted a criminal conviction, and we got a criminal conviction,'' Slotnik said.

Slotnik said the case against James Redd, a physician, was dismissed because his wife was believed to be ''the one most interested in these sorts of relics.''

The Redds face a $250,000 lawsuit alleging they destroyed a prehistoric grave site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jeanne Redd has contended that the spot is private land.

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