Charges filed in rock toppling case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Prosecutors have filed charges against two former Boy Scout leaders accused of toppling one of the unique rock formations at Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park.

Emery County Attorney David Blackwell says David Hall and Glenn Taylor were charged with felony criminal mischief Friday.

They were ordered to appear in Castle Dale’s 7th District Court March 18.

A video shot by Hall in October and posted on YouTube shows Taylor dislodging a mushroom-shaped sandstone pillar. They claimed it might have been ready to fall and kill a visitor. Both were later stripped of their Boy Scout positions.

Parks officials have said the rock formation had been standing for much of human history, if not longer.

Blackwell says he filed the charges even as he tries to negotiate a plea deal for a quick resolution in the case.