Paul Wach has not been eliminated as a suspect in the shooting death of his wife, law enforcement authorities confirmed Monday in 3rd District Court.
Wach, 27, is also being investigated in connection with other crimes, according to a prosecutor.In a custody hearing before Judge Scott Daniels, detective Dick Judd testified it may be a couple of months before the sheriff's office will know for sure whether Wach had anything to do with the death of Dee Dee Wach, 19, who was gunned down in front of her parents' Kearns home on Dec. 13.
Under questioning by Wach's attorney, however, Judd admitted there was not enough evidence Monday to charge Wach with murder.
The testimony came during a status hearing regarding who should have custody of the Wachs' 2-year-old daughter, Heather.
Dee Dee Wach's parents, Ed and Dorothy Prince, were granted temporary custody of the child following the homicide. No visitation rights were given to Paul Wach.
But after Monday's hearing, Daniels granted the father limited visitation pending another hearing, scheduled March 1.
"I'm still very reluctant to give (Wach) temporary custody while he's an active suspect in a murder investigation," said Daniels.
The Princes' attorney told the court that Wach is also being investigated for other crimes. Salt Lake County deputy attorney Greg Skordas was present in the courtroom to confirm the testimony but declined to be more specific.
At the time of her slaying, Dee Dee Wach was separated from her husband and was seeking a divorce and permanent custody of their daughter.
About 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, she was walking from her car to her parents' home when another car pulled up, its occupant apparently asking for directions. Someone inside the car leveled a 12-gauge shotgun and shot her in the chest at close range.