A man accused of running over and killing his wife in their eastside Salt Lake County neighborhood was bound over for trial Friday.
Sherman Alexander Lynch, 59, had a Friday preliminary hearing in which Judge William W. Barrett found there was enough evidence for the case to advance to trial. Lynch appeared briefly at the start of the hearing but then waived his presence and left.
Lynch was charged in 3rd District Court Oct. 10 with first-degree felony murder and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony. Investigators say Lynch bought a pickup truck and used it to run over his wife, 64-year-old Patricia Rothermich, on Oct. 3 near 2500 East and 5600 South. The truck was found hidden at a vacant house two days later.
During Friday's preliminary hearing, three Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies took the witness stand for the prosecution and six sworn affidavit statements were submitted to the court. The hearing went quickly for having that many witnesses, lasting only 2 1/2 hours.
One of the big breaks in the case came when a woman Lynch was dating stepped forward. She told police she did not know Lynch was married. Lynch had told her that he was Rothermich's landlord.
The girlfriend said she and Lynch had purchased a white pickup truck together like the one investigators were seeking in the homicide. Paint from the truck matched with the traces of paint found on Rothermich's pants where the truck hit her, authorities said.
Rothermich was the former Salt Lake regional director for the Division of Child and Family Services.An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 28.
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