Matthew David Stewart is dead. But it looks like the effects of his case, and the divided community he leaves behind, may linger for years to come.
In a two-story package Sunday, Standard-Examiner criminal justice reporters Tim Gurrister and Bubba Brown will take an in-depth look at some of the unresolved issues surrounding the Stewart case and the overall trend of officer-involved shootings in the Top of Utah.
Stewart apparently hanged himself in his Weber County Jail cell on May 24.
Members of the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force forcibly entered Stewart's Ogden home on Jan. 4, 2012, with guns drawn to serve a "knock and announce" warrant. Stewart was accused of shooting six of the officers in response, killing Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom. He faced the death penalty for Francom's death.
Stewart was also charged with seven counts of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; and production of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony. He was scheduled to go to trial next April.
In one story Sunday, Tim will look at the many questions surrounding Stewart's estate, crime scene material and what happens now to the case file information. He will also dig into how the case has polarized the community.
Stewart supporters are actually planning to construct a monument to memorialize Stewart.
Bubba's story will focus on the number of officer-involved shootings there have been in the Top of Utah since the Stewart shooting.
The police have actually changed some of their policies on knock-and-enter raids.
This week, law enforcement personnel entered the Stewart home to gather crime scene items, much to the irritation of Stewart's attorneys. Prosecutors intended to use the home as evidence during the trial, which won't be needed now.
The two sides are still bickering over who should pay for repairs to the home caused by the shootout and investigation.
That is just a microcosm of the disputes that may continue for some time over the case.
THURSDAY CHANGES: For the last few years we have published two zoned community sections each Thursday -- Weber Plus and Davis Plus.
The sections became redundant when we began zoning the local section, but we kept them going for the sake of categorizing local news. This month, the Standard will introduce a new print product called SE Plus. It will be mailed to nonsubscribers and include repurposed content from the Standard-Examiner. So we've decided to drop the Weber Plus and Davis Plus names from the daily edition to avoid confusion between the two products.
However, the majority of the content from the Plus sections will still appear in the daily paper. Columns by D. Louise Brown and Annie Valentine will continue to be published on a rotating basis every Thursday. They will now appear on the cover of the Top of Utah and Davis local sections. Tom Philpott's Military Update column will move to the Opinion page, also on Thursdays.
The feature stories and briefs will appear in the local sections on a more timely basis earlier in the week.
This change will also allow us better uniformity in the layout of the daily print edition by cutting the number of zoned sections from four to two on Thursdays.
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.