OGDEN -- Jeremy Valdes will remain in jail during his murder trial after 2nd District Judge Mark DeCaria denied bail, Friday morning.Valdes is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and faces the death penalty in the deaths of Pamela Knight Jefferies, 56, and her son Matthew Roddy, 30. Their bodies were found n a closet in their mobile home in Roy on Nov. 30, 2009. Police suspect Valdes and his girlfriend Miranda Statler killed them five days earlier after they reported to police that prescription drugs had been stolen from their home.
The prosecution asked DeCaria to deny Valdes' request for bail because they are pursuing a capital felony case and because they believe he is a danger to the public. The crime was committed while Valdes was on probation for another felony.
The prosecution called Jeremy Valdes' mother, Marilee Valdes, to the stand.
Weber County prosecutor Branden Miles read from transcripts from recorded jail house telephone calls between Jeremy Valdes and his mother.
"I can't believe she told him where the weapon was," the prosecutor read in one statement.
The mother denied any admission of guilt by her son and repeatedly said she did not recall the conversations read aloud by the prosecutor.
Marilee Valdes said she and her son mostly talked about his life while he was in jail.
She described her son as a kind and gentle person who, up until medication for a work-related knee injury left him addicted to painkillers, had a stable job and owned his own home.
Defense attorney Gary Barr called Jeremy's sister, Nicole Valdes, and long-time family friend David Moala as character witnesses.
Both painted him in a similar light, describing Valdes as dependable and shy.
DeCaria said there was substantial evidence presented to deny bail based on the statutes cited by the prosecution.