Smiling Warhola appears in court

Sep 20 2010 - 11:07pm

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(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
Sun Cha Warhola appears in 2nd District Court in Farmington on
Monday.  Warhola is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of her children, James Warhola, 8, and Jean Warhola, 7, who were discovered Sept. 8 by their father when he came home from work.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
Sun Cha Warhola appears in 2nd District Court in Farmington on
Monday.  Warhola is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of her children, James Warhola, 8, and Jean Warhola, 7, who were discovered Sept. 8 by their father when he came home from work.

FARMINGTON -- Wearing a red Davis County inmate jumpsuit, Sun Cha Warhola entered 2nd District Court on Monday afternoon smiling and, minutes later, left waving to courtroom spectators.

Warhola, 44, of Layton, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, which carries the possibility of the death penalty if she is convicted.

Warhola appeared before 2nd District Judge David M. Connors with an interpreter by her side. Her public defender, Ed Brass, asked the court to reschedule her roll-call appearance to 1 p.m. Oct. 18.

Earlier this month, Judge Michael Allphin appointed Brass as Warhola's public defender. Brass is certified to handle death penalty cases.

The courtroom Monday was filled with a large group of spectators -- some of Warhola's family, a few members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, members of the Korean Times of Utah -- a monthly newspaper for the Korean community -- and some members of the Korean Americans of Utah organization.

"We're just here for support," said Nan Davis, of KAOU. "It is just very sad."

Warhola is accused of killing her two children, James, 8, and Jean, 7, on Sept. 8, in their Layton home.

According to court documents filed earlier this month, the children had marks on their necks that were consistent with strangulation.

Kenneth Warhola, Sun Cha Warhola's husband and the children's father, was not in court Monday.

Kenneth Warhola found his children's bodies in his son's bedroom with their mother after he returned home from work, according to court documents. The children's funeral was Friday.

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