Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ogden Shootout Suspect Matthew David Stewart Gets 2014 Trial Date

What a shame it is, we think, that so many lives have been forever altered, and that so many public resources have been (and continue to be) squandered, over sixteen stupid (and relatively harmless) marijuana plants 

Both the Standard-Examiner and the Salt Lake Tribune report on the latest development in the Matthew Stewart homicide case, with stories detailing events at yesterday's 2d District Court Status Conference:
According to both stories, the court heard oral arguments on the defense motion challenging Utah's death-penalty law, (which the court took under advisement); and as the headlines indicate, tentative trial dates have been set for April 16 through May 16 April 23 - May 23 of 2014 .

Additionally, Judge Hyde "set a May 22 status conference for this year, as well as a July 31 deadline this year for expected defense motions," along with a September 18 date "for likely oral arguments."

As for the prosecution's pending motion seeking a DNA sample from Stewart, Stewart's defense team "did not dispute the request during Wednesday’s hearing," so that motion will no doubt be granted by the court.

And the "wheels of justice" continue to grind ever so tediously, as the defendant Matthew Stewart continues to cool his heels in the Weber County Hoosegow.

What a shame it is, we think, that so many lives have been forever altered, and that so many public resources have been (and continue to be) squandered, over sixteen stupid (and relatively harmless) marijuana plants.

Update 2/14/13 10:51 a.m.: A couple of corrections from one of our sharp-eyed WCF readers: "Gurrister is wrong (like usual) on the trial date.. its April 23 - May 23."

We've made the appropriate date correction; and at least the Trib got it right.

The same reader further points out that "Gurrister  may also need reminding Matt didn't distribute, and is not charged with it."

1 comment:

Ed Flint said...

Let's not forget the media whoring of Dee Smith, the Weber County Grand Inquisitor who alleged child pornography publicly, but never had any evidence of such, who has become expert at lying on camera about "justified" shootings, and piss-poor excuses for reporters who gobble up the government's pablum, and even join in memorializing the state's anointed martyr dead gestapo agent.

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