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Charges filed in 1996 cold case homicide of West Valley City pizza delivery woman

May 17, 2024, 6:41 AM | Updated: 6:48 am

1996 cold case homicide suspect...

Donald Eugene Younge Jr. in court, Nov. 24, 2009. Younge, who is in the Utah State Prison for raping a University of Utah student in 1996, was charged Thursday with killing a pizza delivery woman in West Valley City in 1996. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A man already serving time in the Utah State Prison for the rape of a University of Utah student nearly 30 years ago — and who at one time was also charged with murdering a second U. student as well as three other women in Illinois — is now accused in a 1996 cold case homicide from West Valley City.

Donald Eugene Younge Jr., 57, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with murder, aggravated kidnaping and aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies.

Lisa Redmond, 36, who worked as a pizza delivery woman for a West Valley Pizza Hut restaurant, 3390 S. 5600 West, was last seen on Dec. 9, 1996, at 9:45 p.m. as she left to make her final run of the night.

Just 10 minutes later, her body was spotted by a passerby at 3100 S. 5420 West. An autopsy later determined her injuries were caused by blunt force trauma to her head and torso, and she may have been run over by her own truck. Her 1994 GMC extended-cab pickup, which she used to make deliveries, was found the next day near 3300 S. 4440 West.

“During an inventory search of Lisa’s truck, detectives saw signs of a struggle in the cab of the truck. Blood was found on the front passenger seat, on the head rest, and on the interior near the passenger door. A shoe print was found on the passenger door and was confirmed to belong to Lisa. Blood was found on the lower passenger-side rocker panel leading to the rear of the truck, there was blood spot located on the exhaust system on the passenger side, and blood was found on the components underneath the truck suggesting that Lisa was run over,” according to charging documents.

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Charges filed in 1996 cold case homicide of West Valley City pizza delivery woman