Matthew Stewart planned to 'go out in blaze of glory,' say prosecutors charging him with capital murder

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  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Jan. 14, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic: Your post suggests that it matches your "Name"really well -- Sort of what is called intellectual 'Slumming ".

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    We need to rethink our whole drug enforcement effort. It isn't working and it is clogging our jails and prisons with expensive inmates, money that could go to more productive purposes.

    I suggested here before that the government provide drugs in a clinical setting to people who have to have them, this would put the drug gangs out of business, in addition it would take away any peer pressure and the fun factor to take drugs.

    People would no longer commit crimes to get drug money. Drug gangs would suffer a major blow. Our children and vulnerable adults would no longer be able to go to parties and be able to get drugs there, which very likely means they wouldn't get hooked in the first place.

    Don't like this idea? What would you suggest?

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 5:42 p.m.

    If, as the warrant said, that the suspect was to "go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill" if police entered his home, why in heaven's name would this tactical team do exactly what would provoke such dangerous results? Did we have to lose life just to prove the suspect's point?

    Why wasn't the suspect arrested without incident at Wal-Mart where he worked without firepower for a simple illegal possession of a controlled substance instead of 1st degree murder. The plants could have been confiscated safely after the arrest. End of story.

    Why do the police have to make things so difficult? Is a large show of force always necessary?

  • erpiii SLC, utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Just goes to show you how one man can hold out against a number of police with just a simple semiautomatic 9mm, if properly trained. They're lucky he didn't have a 40 caliber something or like an FN-56. Had he had an assault rifle he would have probably killed them all. Maybe they need to reevaluate how and why they serve warrants like these. And yeah, what's with the lack of information about this whole episode. It seems like they're working hard to keep information compartmentalized.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 13, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    Now that some of the public information is coming out, I don't think a capital murder charge is an over-filing. Seems to be very deserving & called for in this instance. Appears that this yahoo was definitely lying in wait to open fire and keep on opening fire on any and all cops who were in and around his home. A cowardly act to protect a basement full of pot? My word!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    Boy the Ogden Police are sure trying this guy without the courts, using the media, as their lap dogs.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    Capital punishment isn't exactly a blaze of glory.

  • Gruffi Gummi Logan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    I am happy for the officer. Get well soon!
    On the other hand, however, I am troubled by the information blockade regarding the circumstances of the case. This may suggest cooking up a version favorable to the authorities, rather than simply reflecting the truth.