Standard Deviations

Column: Apparently, best-laid plans almost always involve alcohol

Mark Saal’s column quips about two men who scheme to double-cross one man and instead double-cross each other. 


Preliminary hearing for Ogden man accused of murder to continue next week

Isaac Daniel Duran, of Ogden, is accused of fatally shooting another man on Feb. 23, 2015.


Ogden man who appealed murder conviction wins release from prison

Robert Lee McCullar, 55, had served six years behind bars on a murder conviction, but he appealed, and this week in a plea bargain, the charge was reduced to manslaughter. He’s going free now with credit for time served.


Judge weighing settlement dispute in police shooting of Darrien Hunt

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether the mother of a man fatally shot by police while holding a samurai sword should have to accept a $900,000 settlement from the city that employs the officers. Lawyers for Susan Hunt say she refused the deal because it barred...


State supreme court rejects Saudi Arabian consulate's appeal

PROVO — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Royal Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over bail involving an exchange student arrested for rape in Orem. The Daily Herald in Provo reports that the state supreme court has rejected a motion saying the royal consulate...


New Utah court rule requires suspect interview recordings in felony cases

SALT LAKE CITY — A court mandate is requiring Utah’s law enforcement agencies to record interviews with people suspected of felonies. KUTV-TV reports the mandate also requires that those recordings are made available to the court. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says...


Layton woman charged with attempted murder

A Layton woman was charged with first-degree murder Friday.


Ogden man sentenced to probation for murder-for-hire plot

The attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to hiring a friend to kill his daughter’s boyfriend says the crime was motivated by alcohol and a desire to stop alleged domestic abuse.


Armenian man wants new sentencing hearing, claims inaccurate interpretations

FARMINGTON --- A 51-year-old Armenian is appealing his sentence of 3 years to life at the Utah State Prison for trying to kill his estranged wife. Defense attorney Julie George filed a motion in 2nd District Court on Nov. 24, 2015, for a new sentencing hearing for Stepan Badikyan, who is currently...


Trial set for Ogden man accused of attempted murder

OGDEN -- Attorneys in the case of a man charged with attempted murder have set a trial date but indicate they may be close to a resolution by plea bargain. Raymond Serrano, 23, appeared in the 2nd District Court of Ogden with his attorney Logan Bushell, who confirmed with the court their date for a...

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