SALT LAKE CITY — The June 2012 trial date for an inmate accused accused of killing a prison guard during an escape attempt has been canceled.
After attorneys for Curtis Allgier and prosecutors agreed that it was too soon to allow for experts needed in the case to do the required work, 3rd District Judge Paul Maughan granted a motion postponing the trial. A status conference was set for June 6.
The trial had been scheduled to occur near the five-year anniversary of the death of Utah Department of Corrections officer Stephen Anderson. Anderson was shot and killed June 26, 2007, while escorting Allgier from the prison to University Hospital.
Allgier, who is known for the tattoos that cover nearly his entire body, is accused of shooting Anderson in the head and chest during an escape attempt and then fleeing from the hospital on foot. He is charged with using Anderson's weapon to steal a vehicle and then leading police on a high-speed chase. When the vehicle's tires were spiked, Allgier continued to flee on foot, eventually running into an Arby's restaurant near 1700 South and Redwood Road.
There, police say Allgier pointed a gun at the head of an Arby's employee before a patron was able to wrest the gun from him.
Allgier is facing a number of felony charges, including capital murder. Prosecutors have indicated they intend to seek the death penalty in the case.