Big cases loom
May 15, 2009
There could be three high-profile criminal trials in the Snyderville Basin this summer and Summit County Attorney David Brickey says he will hire an investigator to help prosecutors.
"One’s a child abuse, one is a rape and one is an aggravated assault," Brickey said. "Those are fact-intensive and need the assistance of an investigator."
A trial for 29-year-old Teddy Dupay, who is charged with rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, is slated in June and a trial for John Andrew Cook, 26, who is charged with aggravated assault, is scheduled in July. A trial could also occur this summer for Jason L. Scoggan, 31, who is charged with four felonies related to child abuse.
"The intensity of getting ready for a trial makes it always nice to have an investigator," Brickey said.
In the Cook case, prosecutors must locate witnesses who live outside the state and bring them to Utah, he explained.
"The state has over 18 witnesses coming for that trial," Brickey said.
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About six witnesses are needed to testify in the Dupay matter, Brickey said.
"We also have diagramming and mapping that needs to be done in a timely manner," Brickey said.
Meanwhile, a detective could help coordinate doctors likely needed to testify in the child abuse case, he said.
"That one involves expert testimony of forensic scientists who analyzed the little boy’s blood," Brickey said. "It also involves the doctor who [Scoggan] made a statement to."
The Summit County Attorney’s Office has had a detective on staff in the past, said Brickey, who did not comment about the salary for the investigator.