OGDEN — A judge has taken under advisement a defense motion to suppress former death row inmate Doug Lovell’s sworn testimony as to how and why he killed a South Ogden woman in 1985.
Lovell was sentenced to die at his 1993 sentencing hearing after he detailed strangling Joyce Yost. Now his case is set for trial in February 2014, since a Utah Supreme Court ruling allowed him to withdraw his guilty plea to the killing. In July 2010 the high court ruled that Lovell was not explicitly told out loud in open court when he pleaded guilty in 1993 that he had a right to a public trial before an impartial jury.
After brief oral arguments on the suppression bid Friday morning, Ogden 2nd District Judge Michael Lyon said he would issue a written decision at a future date.