Uncle charged with killing 5-year-old niece scheduled to appear in court

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LOGAN — Alexander Whipple, the man charged with killing his 5-year-old niece, Elizabeth Shelley, is scheduled to appear in 1st District Court Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Whipple, 21, was charged Wednesday — before police found Elizabeth’s body — with aggravated murder and child kidnapping, both first-degree felonies; two counts of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and abuse or desecration of a body, a third-degree felony.

Logan police said on May 28 they found forensic evidence linking Whipple to his niece’s disappearance. Cache County Attorney James Swink later agreed to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for information on where to find Elizabeth’s body, which Whipple delivered.

Elizabeth’s body was found 1/2 block away from the home she went missing from five days prior.

A candlelight vigil titled “Remember Little Lizzy” was held Saturday, exactly one week after she went missing.

Since Elizabeth’s body was found, community members also placed stuffed animals and other memorabilia outside the family’s home. One local charity group asked people to tie rainbow ribbons, in honor of Elizabeth’s favorite color, on trees and mailboxes to honor her.

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