An ambulance was called, then canceled shortly after, for Vickie Singer Monday afternoon when she complained of chest pains following an appearance in U.S. District Court.
Singer testified emotionally in support of her request that she be released pending sentencing. She and three relatives - Addam Swapp, Jonathan Swapp and John Timothy Singer - are scheduled to be sentenced July 1 for the armed standoff and deadly shootout in January at their ranch in Marion, Summit County.She told U.S. District Chief Judge Bruce S. Jenkins she believed in the court and indicated she would not run away or engage in violence if released on bail.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Lambert asked Singer whether she would stay away from court if she believed God gave her a revelation not to go back. She indicated that God wouldn't require her to stay away.
When Lambert said she had disobeyed the court's order when told to surrender during the siege, Jenkins made a comment to the effect that people can change.
He delayed a ruling on her request for release.
After she left the courtroom and had returned to the U.S. marshals' staging area in the basement of the federal courthouse, Singer complained of pain. An ambulance was called but then canceled when she said she didn't need it.
She was escorted from the building and into a van, accompanying other prisoners and guarded by shotgun-toting marshals. A Deseret News reporter asked her how she was feeling. Singer paused, her face drawn, and replied she was a "lot better."
Earlier in the day, the defense lost on all 12 motions for new trials or directed verdicts of acquittal.
Jenkins showed his deep displeasure with a comment by U.S. Attorney Brent D. Ward, made during his cross-examination of Addam Swapp during the trial. Ward was asking Swapp about his comment in an interview with Tribune reporter Rodd Wagner to the effect that the "shot heard round the world" was fired in Marion.
Ward asked if that meant the shot that killed Corrections Lt. Fred House. "Objection!" all the defense attorneys said, some jumping to their feet. The question was ordered stricken from the record because no one was being tried for killing House - that would be a state charge.
Swapp's lawyer and other defense attorneys complained Monday that the comment could have prejudiced the jury because it was inflammatory. Jenkins ruled that it did not but lectured the government, saying he had made it plain before the trial that the House killing was to be avoided.
"It's the opinion of the court that while the question (y Ward) was prejudicial and inappropriate . . . it's not sufficiently prejudicial to warrant granting the motion for a new trial," he said.
The ruling was made in light of all other evidence against Addam Swapp, "much of it coming from his own mouth," he said.
Jenkins showed he was disturbed that questions of fairness arose and said he was reserving a decision on whether "there may be some appropriate sanction (gainst the government) short of a mistrial."