Two young people charged with the fatal shooting of a Family Dollar store manager appeared in 3rd District Court Friday, but the judge set another hearing after attorneys asked for more time to review evidence.
Biu Benjamin Olive, 18, and Sarah Ataata, 19, appeared at a scheduling conference before 3rd District Judge Vernice Trease. However, attorneys for both asked for another scheduling conference, which was set for April 18, so they could have time to obtain and examine more of the "discovery," or evidence that prosecutors possess.
Both are charged in connection with the shooting death of Wally Knapton during a robbery at the Family Dollar store in Glendale on March 12.
Olive is charged with aggravated murder and two counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies. He also is charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.
Prosecutors contend Olive was the gunman in this case, and they could, under other circumstances, seek the death penalty if Olive is convicted. However, that is not permitted under the law because Olive was just a few days short of his 18th birthday when Knapton was shot and killed.
If convicted, the maximum sentence Olive can receive is life in prison without parole.
Ataata, whom police suspect was the getaway driver, is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies.
A 13-year-old boy also was charged in this case, but his situation is being handled in juvenile court.
Olive is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $1 million cash-only bail. Ataata is being held on $500,000 cash-only bail.Police believe the robbery netted the three $180.
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