PROVO An upcoming trial pitting daughter against parents who are accused of kidnapping her before her wedding will not become a media frenzy, a judge said Monday.
"I'm not interested in allowing this trial to become a circus concerning who said what to the media, who pointed the finger at whom," said 4th District Judge James Taylor. "This case is about what happened or didn't happen. It will be very hard to keep it limited to that."
Lemuel and Julia Redd, of Monticello, will go to trial beginning Monday, each charged with kidnapping their daughter, Julianna, 21, and driving her to Colorado against her wishes on the eve of her wedding in August 2006.
Julianna missed her wedding to Perry Myers, but she returned the next day and the couple married days later. They now have a young daughter.
The case has generated intense feelings on either side, with numerous e-mails to the Deseret Morning News stating sympathies for either the Redds or Julianna and Perry Myers.
Because of such intense public awareness, the jury pool will be at least 200 people, attorneys said.
Many e-mailed comments also call for a quick resolution.
"A case of this nature always has a chance of (resolving)," defense attorney Jere Reneer said after the hearing. "(But) we're ready and prepared for trial. We're ready to go."
The Redds did not come into the courtroom but waited in a conference room and were informed of the discussions after the hearing.
The court hearing included a discussion of all motions that had been filed by the prosecutors and defense attorneys.
One of the topics was whether Perry Myers would take the stand. Taylor reminded both sides of the spousal privilege rule, which prohibits the disclosure of any spousal communication, especially where neither of them is actually charged with a crime.
Prosecutor Curtis Larson said he has listed Perry Myers as a witness, but he's not sure he'll call him.
"If the question before the jury is 'What did Mr. and Mrs. Redd intend?' ... and the evidence is what a third, now a fourth person someone outside that group said at a concurrent time in a different place, to me, that's patently irrelevant."
Defense attorneys also expressed concern that a tape of a 911 call from Perry Myers to police dispatchers had already been routinely destroyed, thus preventing it from being used as evidence.
Taylor acknowledged there was nothing he could do about it and assured Larson he wouldn't throw out the case because that piece of evidence isn't available.Both attorneys agreed to submit all their witness lists within the next few days and will discuss a few specific jury instructions as the trial begins.
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