OGDEN -- Accused double-
murderer Jeremy Valdes has changed his mind about firing his public defenders and representing himself in his death penalty murder trial.
Earlier this month Valdes, for the second time in two weeks, asked 2nd District Judge Mark DeCaria to fire his court-appointed lawyers, saying he wanted to be his own defense counsel.
He, his mother and sister had all written letters to the judge, complaining about the failure of Gary Barr and Randall Marshall to visit Valdes in jail and pursue certain aspects of the case. They also claimed both men suffered medical problems that would hamper their efforts at trial.
But at a Thursday hearing, Valdes reconsidered, and after a meeting with the lawyers in DeCaria's chambers, rescinded a Waiver of Counsel he had signed Dec. 6.
But Valdes' upcoming trial, set for January and February, was canceled, with a September date tentatively set, officials said.
Valdes is charged in the Nov. 25, 2009, killings of Matthew Roddy, 30, and Roddy's mother, Pamela Jeffries, 56, in their Roy mobile home in a dispute about prescription drugs.
Jeffries and Roddy were found dead in a closet in their home Nov. 30, 2009, five days after they died. Police say Valdes killed the two after they reported to police that prescription drugs had been stolen from their home and that Valdes and his girlfriend, Miranda Statler, took them.
Statler pleaded guilty to lesser charges as an accomplice and is serving a potential 20-year prison term. She has testified against Valdes.
An autopsy found 31 knife wounds in Roddy's body. Jeffries suffered severe head injuries but died from asphyxiation.
The case has already been the source of numerous pretrial motions. A suppression hearing stretched on more than a year with numerous hearings before Valdes' purported confession to Roy police was thrown out last year on a technical violation.