Two teens accused of killing an Ogden woman briefly appeared in court Friday before having their hearing rescheduled.
The report — released by the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice — says that giving someone life in prison without the possibility of parole would cost the state less than pursuing the death penalty and the appeals that come with the sentence.
Minority offenders are increasingly likely to be sentenced to prison in Utah since major justice system changes were implemented in 2015, and officials are trying to find out why.
A lawsuit alleging Utah State University looked the other way on reports of sexual abuse at fraternity houses remains alive in federal court, but a judge has granted immunity from liability to three officials who were named as defendants.
Speed remained the leading contributing factor in traffic deaths in Utah in 2017, accounting for 41 percent of deaths, according to a preliminary crash report.
The sheriff’s office issued a press release Wednesday afternoon saying an investigation is underway regarding the firing of the civilian, non-sworn employee.
Fewer alcohol-related crashes occurred in Utah over the past decade, but these crashes have become deadlier.
From 2007 to 2016, 221 people lost their lives to road crashes involving distracted drivers, accounting for nine percent of Utah’s overall traffic deaths.
Clinton Police Lt. Shawn Stoker said police were first dispatched at 9:32 p.m. Monday to a call of shots fired near 1132 N. 1000 West in Clinton. Several shots were fired and multiple vehicles were reportedly seen leaving the area without their headlights on, Stoker said.
Her death, and the deaths of three others in similar situations, were not included in federal reports because law enforcement officials argue they weren’t “in-custody” when they died.