Robert Steven Hatch trial focusing on 11 videos

Tapes captured victim before her shooting death

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 21 2003 7:22 a.m. MDT

Robert Steven Hatch, center, talks with members of his defense team last week. Hatch is charged with killing his estranged wife, Sharee.

Matt Smith, Associated Press

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PROVO — Eleven video tapes, filmed with an 8mm camcorder, show some of the last moments of Sharee Hatch's life before her shotgun death in July 2002.

One clip shows Sharee Hatch and her boyfriend, Mike Pino, enjoying a trip to a nearby lake — just like they would on the day of her death. Another depicts the comings and going of Pino from the Spanish Fork home where Sharee Hatch would suffer two fatal gunshots.

In another scene, Sharee Hatch's estranged husband, Robert Steven Hatch, displays an arsenal of firearms, including a black shotgun that Utah County prosecutors say Robert Hatch used to kill the mother of his children.

"It looks remarkably like the gun in this case if the stock and barrel were sawed off," argued Deputy Utah County attorney David Wayment on Monday.

Prosecutors have previously contended that the gun used to shoot Sharee Hatch was a black, sawed-off shotgun that had been disassembled at a nearby elementary school.

With jurors out of the courtroom, prosecutors told 4th District Judge Fred Howard that the videos — confiscated during a search of Robert Hatch's Colorado home — provide hard evidence that defense attempts to blame Pino for the crime are unfounded.

"That gun is missing from Mr. Hatch's collection," Wayment said during the sixth day of testimony in the murder trial of Robert Hatch. "The other guns can be found. The shotgun is missing — was there, now it's not."

Defense attorney Jack Morgan — who confirmed the surveillance content of the videotapes — objected to Howard regarding the admissability of the clip with Robert Hatch and the collection of guns since no positive identification has been made of who shot the video or where it was shot.

"(Robert Hatch) either shot the videos or they were shot for him," Wayment told the Deseret Morning News, suggesting that a female voice heard during the tapes could be identified as a female family member.

Howard said he will review the tapes before permitting the jurors to examine the gun scene, though footage of Sharee Hatch and Mike Pino may be broadcast at any time.

Wayment, however, said he did not plan to use the videos during today's proceedings, which will include testimonies from a firearms expert, blood work specialist and jailhouse informant.

Aside from the tapes, Monday's proceedings centered on Spanish Fork investigator Steve Adams, who testified that his department found evidence of recent digging at Robert Hatch's property in Spanish Fork Canyon.

"There was information that there was a possibility of items either stored or stashed that was evidence of this crime at that location," Adams said. "We found possible evidence."


E-MAIL: lwarner@desnews.com

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