SALT LAKE CITY -- The estranged adult son of a Salt Lake City pediatrician charged with killing his ex-wife has asked to testify during a bond hearing Monday to explain why his father is a threat and should remain behind bars.
John Brickman Wall, 49, has been in jail since his arrest on April 25, unable to pay the $1.5 million cash only bail. His attorney is asking the judge to lower the bail to $100,000 in exchange for Wall giving up his passport and agreeing to do regular check-ins and wear a GPS monitor to track his movements.
The attorney for his oldest son, Pelle Wall, 19, has submitted a report to the court from a forensic psychologist about John Wall ahead of the Monday afternoon hearing. A judge has yet to decide if Pelle Wall can speak at the hearing or what he'll be allowed to speak about, Rebecca Skordas, a spokeswoman for the family.
In the report, Dr. Richard Walter says John Wall fits the profile of a criminal who seeks revenge in retaliation against women in his life he perceives have wronged him. The report is meant to demonstrate that John Wall is a threat to others.
"Nettled by poor relationships with adult women, this type of offender searches for strong wives, or liaisons, in which he becomes parasitically attached in a constant tension relationship," Walter wrote. "Commonly, this type will blame mother, wife or girlfriend at being the cause of his lack of success."
Police said John Wall told people that his ex-wife was ruining the good things in his life and blamed her for his problems.
John Wall's attorney, G. Fred Metos, scoffed at the pyschologist's report, which he said is not credible. He said the psychologist didn't even speak with John Wall. He has formally objected to the court allowing the report into the record.
"It's written like a really badly done crime novel," Metos said. "The thing reads like he had his mind made up, and then cherry-picked the facts to fit what he wanted his conclusion to be."
Skordas stood behind the report, noting that it's based on a huge amount of information, including emails and written correspondence between John Wall and friends. She added that Walter is a veteran who works for a Pennsylvania-organization called the Omega Crime Assessment Group, which works on cold cases around the country. The criticism that Walter didn't speak directly with John Wall is unfair because the doctor would have never agreed to that, Skordas said.
John Wall is charged with murder in the September 2011 death of his ex-wife, Uta Von Schwedler, a University of Utah biologist. She was found in an overflowing bathtub. Von Schwedler, 49, died from drowning as well as fatal amount of Xanax, the medical examiner ruled.
Police called the death suspicious after it occurred and Pelle Wall fueled speculation by saying he believed his father did it. He asked the court to remove his two youngest siblings from his father's custody.
If a judge lowers the bail, state prosecutors have asked that he be forbidden from talking about the crime with his children about the crime. Metos doesn't object to that.
The bail hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday in Salt Lake City.