Two more murder trials have been delayed as a result of a defense motion before the Utah Supreme Court challenging Salt Lake County's jury pool process.
The first-degree murder trial for John Patrick Bruner, which was to begin next week, has been postponed without a new trial date, said deputy Salt Lake County attorney Bob Stott.And the second-degree murder trial for John J. Quas, which had also been scheduled to begin next week, has been postponed until June 5.
Both trials were delayed after the Supreme Court agreed to consider hearing claims of defense attorneys in the first-degree murder trial for David Franklin Young.
Those attorneys argued that Salt Lake County's jury pool contained too few minorities and, therefore, did not provide a jury that represents a cross-section of the community.
The Young trial, which was scheduled to begin last week, has also been delayed without a new trial date pending the outcome of the higher court's decision.