Throw out statements Dr. John Wall made after ex-wife's death, defense asks

Published: Monday, March 24 2014 6:00 p.m. MDT

"The defendant repeatedly stated he had no recollection of going to Ms. von Schwedler’s home," the document states. "The detectives told the defendant that he had killed his ex-wife and was not even aware of it. They also told him that he could possibly do this to one of his children and that he was sick and needed help."

The officers allegedly told him that it was not human to take the life of another, leading Wall to comment that anyone who could do this to the mother of their children was a "monster." He repeated this several times and ultimately the interview ended with him "talking to himself and questioning his sanity."

When Wall returned home sometime after 4 a.m., he woke his children and told them their mother had died. One of the children called a family friend, Andrea Brickey, who said she found Wall "distraught and incoherent" and saying police thought he was to blame for the woman's death, the memorandum states.

When she asked if it was true that he was responsible, Wall replied: "I don't know. If I did, I don't know. Only a monster would do these things."

"In this case there was an extreme amount of psychological coercion exerted by the detectives," the motion states before asking that the statements made to police, the children and two family friends be suppressed "as having been involuntarily given."

The judge will hear testimony from the two detectives who conducted the interview when the hearing continues on April 14.

"(Wall) wants this to move along and is anxious about the case, but the (court) calendars are what they are," Metos said, noting that he had hoped the case would go to trial sometime in the fall. "It's a complicated case with a lot of legal issues."

Von Schwedler's family has been adamant that the woman was not suicidal and vocal in their belief that Wall is responsible for her death. Prosecutors have said Wall and von Schwedler had been involved in a bitter divorce and continued to have a stormy relationship with over child custody issues.

Brickey testified Monday that she responded to the home and found Wall "upset and panicked" and that he made comments about not wanting to be left alone in case he jumped out the window. She said she called a friend, Jill Alger-James, for additional help and said Wall's demeanor immediately changed when she mentioned Xanax.

She said Wall initially asked what Xanax was before mentioning he had written a prescription for the medication for his mother. She said she eventually gave some Xanax to Wall, which defense attorneys suggest led to the change in his behavior.

Both Brickey and Alger-James, who eventually took Wall to the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, said they were most surprised when Wall started talking about how he was so saddened by von Schwedler's death and how he was pleased she had been happy with her boyfriend, Nils Abramson, at the time of her death.

"When he said that I was like, 'Something's going on, something's not right,'" Alger-James said. "Because John hated Nils and he hated Uta. He didn't want Uta to be happy. They were off character for everything I had heard from Johnny."

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