Monday, February 16, 2015

John Brickman Wall Murder trial: From 2011 to now news stories

If you are just now hearing about the story of Uta von Schwedler and John Brickman Wall for the first time and need a recap. Go here:

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48 Hours did a in-depth piece on the whole story.

In Sept. of 2011 Uta von Schwedler was discovered dead in her bathtub in her Sugarhouse home. I had several tips that her death was anything but a suicide.

After weeks of canvassing the Salt Lake City neighborhood and trying to get authorities to go on the record about von Schwedler's death being something more, there was finally a breakthrough.

I was able to get enough to publish a story on Feb 16, 2012 where Salt Lake City police said the death was now being considered "suspicious." Police said nearly four months after the death that they still had "no suspects or persons of interest, but they (weren't) ruling anything out."

Several stories later and almost exactly three years to the date from the publishing of my initial story, John Brickman Wall, Uta von Schwedler's ex-husband will be on trial for her murder. Court and police records showed John Brickman Wall was initially one of the first people police interviewed and interrogated within 24 hours of the reported death.

It took more than 18 months from when he was first interviewed by police to actually be charged with murder.

This story I wrote in July of 2013 as a freelance reporter for City Weekly encapsulates the entirely of a son suspecting his own father of killing his mother.

Arguably, the most instrumental part in the case moving forward was when the oldest son, Pelle Wall von Schwedler put a petition in court accusing his father of killing his mother and asking the courts to take his younger siblings away from his father.