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Timeline: Allgier case has seen dozens of unusual court proceedings

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 5:05 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Since Curtis Allgier shot and killed corrections officer Stephen Anderson more than five years ago, his case has prompted dozens and dozens of court proceedings, many over unusual motions and appeals.

Some of the many proceedings and events include:

June 25, 2007 — Curtis Allgier shoots and kills Department of Corrections officer Stephen Anderson during an escape at University Hospital

June 28, 2007 — Allgier charged with aggravated murder; prosecutors announce they will seek the death penalty

July 13, 2007 — Allgier told to behave in court hearing

Jan. 14, 2008 — Trisha Tower, who helped Allgier after he shot Anderson and initially fled to her home, pleads guilty to obstruction of justice and is later sentenced to one year in jail

Jan. 29, 2008 — Salt Lake County Legal Defenders Association withdraws from representing Allgier, delaying preliminary hearing; judge, however, rejects their withdrawal

June 21, 2008 — LDA asks judge to disqualify its staff of attorneys because many knew Anderson; judge allows only one member may withdraw

July 11, 2008 — Judge Deno Himonas steps down from case based on defense motion to avoid the appearance of bias

Jan. 13, 2009 — Allgier requests new attorneys, claiming a conflict of interest with his LDA attorneys

Jan. 30, 2009 — Allgier refuses to attend court hearing, saying a shoulder injury he previously suffered is aggravated by having his hands cuffed behind his back; he requests to be "double-cuffed," meaning separate sets of handcuffs are put on each wrist and then handcuffed to each other

Feb. 25, 2009 — Judge rules Allgier will remain single cuffed during hearings and that LDA will continue to represent him

March 14, 2009 — Judge ruling to unseal "Cobb Letter" written by inmate that defense attorneys argued would jeopardize his right to a fair trial; decision appealed to Utah Supreme Court

Oct. 8, 2009 — Allgier's preliminary hearing is delayed because a member of his defense team was leaving

Apr. 2, 2010 — Judge orders Allgier to stand trial following preliminary hearing

Apr. 20, 2010 — Allgier cancels plans to marry a woman while incarcerated

May 7, 2010 — Judge rules Allgier can be handcuffed with his hands in front of him

September 2010 — Trial date set for May of 2011; defense attorneys file motion to dismiss case claiming officials were reading Allgier's confidential mail; arguments continue over whether Allgier can cover his countless tattoos with makeup for the trial

Feb. 10, 2011 — Allgier again requests new attorneys, citing "an irretrievably broken relationship"; judge later denies motion

March 18, 2011 — Defense attorneys file petition with Utah Supreme Court to withdraw from case, halting all court proceedings pending a decision

March 23, 2011 — Judge Paul Maughan asks high court to lift its stay on the court proceedings so he can reconsider his ruling regarding Allgier's attorneys

March 29, 2011 — Maughan reluctantly agrees to allow Allgier's defense team to withdraw

Apr. 6, 2011 — Allgier requests state funds to represent himself

May 11, 2011 — New attorneys are appointed, but Allgier tells the judge he's not interested

May 25, 2011 — Allgier accepts Richard Gale and Dusty Kawai as new attorneys

Aug. 9, 2011 — Utah Supreme Court rules Cobb Letter can be unsealed; letter from inmate says Allgier admitted killing officer

Aug. 16, 2011 — Allgier files motion to receive more food so he can gain weight for trial in order to appear the way he did when Anderson was shot in attempt to show jurors he was much bigger than a man who claimed he disarmed Allgier before officers arrested him

Sept. 12, 2011 — Allgier again threatens to fire attorneys after he is transferred from the Salt Lake County Jail to the Utah State Prison pending his trial; he tells judge to stop playing games with him

Oct. 27 — Allgier is removed from court after angrily telling the judge he wants him dismissed; three more hearings scheduled to deal with 15 new motions

Nov. 15, 2011— Motion to dismiss Maughan is denied

Dec. 5, 2011 — Allgier petitions Utah Supreme Court to have Maughan dismissed

March 26, 2012 — Trial dates for Allgier are postponed after his attorneys argue their expert witnesses need more time to prepare

Aug, 29, 2012 — New trial for Allgier scheduled for April 2013

Oct. 3, 2012 — Allgier takes surprise plea deal, pleads guilty to aggravated murder in exchange for life in prison without parole.

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