Family of man charged with killing Ogden officer asks for help to pay for defense

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  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    When someone is growing "pot", should he expect his friends and neighbors to donate to a defense fund when the police come knocking at his door? Should he be surprised if the police get a warrant to search his property? Should he be able to claim that he thought that someone was breaking in when he shoots five police officers who try to enforce that warrant?

    Somewhere, we have crossed a line that should be clearly marked.

    If you break the law, there are consequences.

    If you break the law, you should expect the police to enter your home without your permission.

    If you break the law, you should not expect your friends and neighbors to pay your way out of your problem.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    Re: " A fair trial will cost him more than anyone has."

    Interesting comment. In the mind of at least one poster, trials are apparently only "fair" if they result in the acquittal of the clearly guilty.


  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    If I were part of Officer Francom's family I would insist that the link to the officer's information be removed from this man's website.

    And how can he claim he didn't know what was going on? The gunfight lasted for nearly a half hour.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    "Matthew is a kind and compassionate man who embraces natural healing methods."

    Well, that didn't work out so well for him, did it?

    He claims to have been "self-medicating". If pot worked to "heal" mental illness, he wouldn't have been paranoid.

    He was a RADIO OPERATOR stateside and in Europe, with the minimal basic training given to those who will engage in that work. He was NOT a Gulf War veteran (as his family claimed upfront). He was obviously mentally-ill, and without healthcare coverage.

    How DID he lose his only good job (the armed IRS security guard position)?

    Mr Stewart, your BEST defense is an apology to the community AND a plea bargain for "life without parole".

  • MrsB1971 Kissimmee, FL
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    I've heard of people taking out second mortgages on their homes when defense funds are needed. Just sayin'...

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    The fact that he was growing pot should have been clue as to who was breaking into his home. Let the public defenders do their job. By the time it is all said and done thirty years will pass anyway..

  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    I can't believe that his family want people to donate money for his defense, after he requested laywers through the courts. I also would give money to the fallen Officer's family then to a denfense fund. The man was growing drugs and took an officer's life and injured 5 other officer in the calling out of their duties. Why doesn't the family take loans out to pay for their son defense. I believe he has the right to a fair trial, but not at the exspence of asking for help, when the state is providing legal help, what doesn't his family understand he broke the law and now they want everybody to feel sorry for him. Not.......... It's a slap in the face to law enforcement everywhere.

  • Troy Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    What defense? I hope he spends the rest of his natural born life NOT SELF-MEDICATING and on his own tab. Leave the good, law abinding citizens of Utah and their pocketbooks alone.

  • Love Utah Draper, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 9:23 p.m.

    I would prefer to donate to the dead officer's family. They are the victims who need our full support.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 9:01 p.m.

    I would probably be more likely to pay for Josh Powell's grave site than help defend a guy who killed a cop, while growing illegal drugs. Okay, well, not quite, but this is ridiculous.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    I for one feel the same as anyone here that this man deserves the death penalty. However, the family of this guy are not the bad people. Honoring the police officer is a gesture. I am sure that most anyone who has a son or daughter who did something horrilby wrong is going to stand by that child no matter the circumstances. Of course their judgement is clouded and confusing but I am sure they have a defense attorney who is responsible for a lot of that. I don't fault this family and for "Voice at 6:01pm", the family didn't kill the officer so don't judge them.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    He deserves a fair, but speedy, trial. And, when the verdict is rendered, the sentence needs to be carried out promptly.

    However, this will drag on for years, or even decades with all sorts of frivolous claims nd appeals by his lawyers (who will probably be paid by us taxpayers!). He will be a mini celebrity and all sorts of ill-informed people will lament "unfair persecution." He will be the white counterpart to cop-killer Abu Jamail in Philadelphia,

    As for the website, what a crock!

    It does not take a rocket scientist to put together the facts: One dead and five wounded cops and he is the one who shot them.

    Disgusting what some people will do, and then shirk responsibility for their actions.

  • Juan Figuroa Seattle, WA
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    A kind man? Well, probably. Stoned people generally are "kind." Or paranoid. Or schizophrenic. Drugs'll do that to you, Whitney.

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Yep, I might donate to the Josh Powell "find me a gravesite" fund also. A fair trial is unfortunately his constitutional right, but this guy is already wasting my taxes.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 17, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    If he was a law abiding citizen and not grow pot in his basement, none of these would had happened. Lock him up and throw away the keys

  • MarineMan Lehi, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    I am upset that Officer Francom is dead. I am upset the Matthew Stewart is likely going to end up dead. I am upset with the police tactics used. Had the police used smarter tactics, instead of military like tactics, Officer Francom would still be alive, the other officers would not be wounded, and Matthew Stewart's life would not be in jeopardy. I believe swat tactics should be a last resort, like for hostage situations. Why couldn't the police officers waited till he entered his car, then blocked his doors and escape route? I wish our police officers would use tried and true police tactics, not military tactics. A country should never use its military against its own citizens. Hopefully dressing and training our nation's Police is not a step toward this.

  • Voice Saint George, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Haven't been to the site and don't plan to go. Strangefor the site to "honor" the man whose life Stewart ended. Not just strange, disgusting. Break laws, kill an officer, wound several others, and then ask the public to help you fix it? Something is way off here.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    What "Defense" is there in this case?

    It's not like he can say he didn't do it... or that it was justified! What exactly is the defense?

    The Constitution says you have a right to a trial. It doesn't say you have the right to get away with it.

    I would really like to know what the defense is going to be.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    Classy. I suggest they contact the Powells.

  • Gert B Frobe OGDEN, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    I gave a 20 spot, he will need all the help he can get. A fair trial will cost him more than anyone has.