Man pleads guilty to homicide charge after police reopen cold case from 1989

Posted at 7:23 PM, May 30, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – A man who is serving time in the Utah State Prison for a homicide has pleaded guilty to another homicide that took place more than 24 years ago.

Gary Dean Hilfiker, 56, pleaded guilty as charged Friday and is scheduled to be sentenced June 13 in the Third District Court in Salt Lake City.

Hilfiker was charged in the case earlier this year after police reopened a cold case from 1989. Flora Rundle, 71, was found dead with multiple stab wounds as well as blunt force trauma. Investigators examined DNA evidence after reopening the case, and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office charged Hilfiker, who was already in the Utah State Prison, with criminal homicide.