$1 million bail for new suspects in killing of BYU professor Kay Mortensen

Pamela Mortensen released from jail; family grateful

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  • cynic Appleton, WI
    Dec. 10, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Go look at what the prosecutor and sheriff said about this case back in August. Without jumping to conclusions, it looks like the prosecutor gave impermissible (and apparently wrong) opinions about the evidence. The sheriff made prejudicial comments about Roger's unwillingness to cooperate that probably poisoned the jury pool. The prosecutor insisted the grand jury process was fair and not designed to take away the defense attorneys' right to cross-examine the witnesses. Right.

    I was a prosecutor. A prosecutor's duty is to seek justice and truth, not to obtain an indictment whenever possible. The prosecutor is a gatekeeper who should reject any case that cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The sheriff is the prosecutor's agent, sworn to uphold the law and respect a suspect's constitutional rights. Abuse of power occurs when prosecutors and sheriffs exalt convictions over truth. Innocent people go to jail and lives are ruined.

    If that's what happened in this case, then perhaps the prosecutor and sheriff should get to spend 4 months in jail, and see how they like it. Unlike the Mortensens, they would deserve it.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    As for the blue glove/purple glove thing, maybe one of them is color blind. My husband is. He sees blue when it is actually purple or green, especially a lighter color. Being wrongfully accused happens more than you realize. It happened to my husband a few years ago when he was accused by a granddaughter of improperly touching her. He did not do it at all, but something like that is nearly impossible to prove, and the court takes the word of a sometimes very imaginative or vindictive child. His attorney arranged a plea bargain for 3rd degree, instead of risking a trial on 1st degree charges. He spent 6 months in jail for something he didn't do, and will be on the sex offenders' registry for many years, along with many other restrictions and expenses. This same child went on to accuse others of similar things, in another state, which got dismissed by that court.

    I'm happy for Roger and Pam, and I hope his other legal issues can be taken care of soon, so they can be together again. Doesn't bring back the lost time, however.

  • EgbertThrockmorton Layton, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    I can see the "defense strategy" NOW, being used for these two "new" defendants..."Utah County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutors, indicted two of the victims,then arrested MY clients based on an anonymous tip. My clients are alleging that Roger and Pam Mortensen set the robbery up".
    So, in Utah County, a police chief gets a PASS, for intentionally concealing merchandise (which is theft on Utah), but witness statements that are "conflicting" result in indictments...
    Is this incompetence or bias or both? Even the residents of Utah County DESERVE a professional law enforcement capacity.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    This turnaround in the case can't help but leave big doubts in the abilities of Utah County crime officials. They arrested two family members and declared they committed the crime and threw them in jail to rot. We were all told that their story was bogus and that they were as guilty as the sun is bright. That's an incredible level of incompetence. I'm concerned about stepping foot in that county again. You report a crime and YOU become the chief suspect.

  • nayajja` Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 9, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    I wish some reporter could find out all the "inconsistencies" that led to this indictment.

    Per the article: "She saw purple gloves, while he saw blue gloves," and "Pamela Mortensen had remembered one of the killers sitting on a stool in the home while Roger Mortensen hadn't." If that is what it takes to get a secret grand jury indictment, lets get rid of secret grand juries!

  • Past Utahn Louisville, CO
    Dec. 8, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    Payson Police = Barney Fife...

    I've had nothing but bad experiences when I lived by Payson and went through that town. Nothing worse than incompetence with a badge! Unbelievable!!!

  • kemitc Columbia, TN
    Dec. 8, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    The DA and the police screwed up royally from the beginning. How do you know they have the right ones now.

    This wrongfully prosecuting the wrong people is a national epidemic and needs to be fixed. The DA's and the police around the nation need better qualified people, including judges.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 8, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Congrats to Roger and Pam on their freedom, and the fact that the true murderers were found through the anonymous tip.

    And thank you to the person who turned in the two men. Even though it was hard to do, it was definitely the right thing to do.

  • He-Man Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    Time to draw out a loan at the credit union and bail out these guys. But only if they are as guilty as the last two people our justice system poorly judged.
    2 innocent people get punished and their lived ruined.
    Brian David Mitchell known as guilty for almost a decade still has received no punishment.
    What has happened to Utah?
    Time to move to Texas.

  • chris8484 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    This case shows how fallible the criminal justice system is and makes me wonder how many others have been tried and executed for murders that they never committed.

  • POD Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    Lawsuit coming and deserved. Firings? One would hope so. Thin case.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Dec. 8, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    Ahem! The cops sure have egg on their face in this one.

    What a mess.

    Glad they caught the real bad guys!