Second District Judge John Wahlquist, who presided over the Hi Fi Shop murder trial, will step down from the bench June 30, ending nearly 35 years as a jurist.
Wahlquist, 65, graduated from Weber High and Weber State College and then received a law degree from the University of Utah in 1949. He served in the Navy in World War II and the Korean War, and is a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.In 1953, Wahlquist spent his one and only year in private law practice in Ogden.
During his tenure on the district court, Wahlquist has seen the caseload rise from an average of 350 cases per year to 1,500.
Wahlquist is best known for presiding at the trial of Pierre Dale Selby and Williams Andrews, who were convicted in the 1974 torture-slayings of three people during a robbery of the Ogden Hi Fi Shop.
Selby was executed Aug. 28, 1987. Andrews is nearing the end of his appeals and may soon come before Wahlquist for the setting of a death date.
The judge wouldn't talk about the case because it still is pending. But, he said, "I would like to finish if I could."
Following his retirement, Wahlquist will continue to serve as a senior judge and in that role may be called back to the bench to issue Andrews' death warrant.