Stewart search warrants remain sealed

Wednesday , January 25, 2012 - 9:16 AM

OGDEN -- Prosecutors have sealed at least three warrants tied to the Matthew Stewart shooting case.

He faces the death penalty in the Jan. 4 shootout with officers at his home that injured five and mortally wounded Ogden police officer Jared Francom.

The sealed warrants included the search warrant officers were serving on Stewart's home Jan. 4, plus others served as part of the investigation of the shootings.

Search warrants are, by law, sealed for 20 days, then become public unless prosecutors convince a judge to extend the seal without date, said Nancy Volmer, state courts spokeswoman.

The Weber County Attorney's Office was successful in having some of the warrants sealed even before the 20 days had expired, Volmer said, two last week and one Tuesday.

Typically, the documents are sealed to protect sources and confidential details tied to investigations.

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