Man accused of killing officer in shootout sues insurance company

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Re: "The worst crime I can think of is not taking the time to look at facts and condemning someone on your first reaction."

    Well, that's not the worst I can think of. Murdering innocent people -- like the police officer killed in this case -- is worse.

    But, then, I've got 30+ years as a prosecutor.

    But, I'm wondering. If you think it's bad to condemn without research, I'm wondering why, without research, you'd condemn those that did the research necessary to conclude [or remember] that this miscreant was running a marihuana-grow operation out of his basement, when his "military training" kicked in, and he killed and wounded police who were legally attempting to serve a warrant.

    BTW, in 34+ years in the military, I somehow missed that training -- shooting at police I know to be from "several branches of government" to protect my marihuana-grow operation.

    Maybe I was sick that day.

    I'm sure the defense hopes for a jury venire devoid of ex-military. Otherwise, that defense will fall pretty flat.

  • Gracie Boise, ID
    Jan. 14, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    I guess my insurance agent is right: most people don't read all the lines of their contracts. I do. It takes me a couple of weeks to get through it because it's dry reading, but I go through the process every year to remind myself of what I'm agreeing to and to see what might have changed. I believe this man's insurance company likely has the same general limitations as my company does, an important one being that illegal activities and/or intentional damage is NOT covered. To think it would is patently absurd.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    LadyMoon: kind of hard to repair your home from a jailcell LOL. In reality, what is there obligation as an insurance company? Was he engaged in illegal activity that could negate the policy? all questions that need to be answered. One other thing; my brother-in-law's wife was seriously injured in a rollover accident and was told that in order to get their insurance company to pay for her extended medical issues, she would have to sue her husband so 'his' insurance company would pay! go figure!

  • LadyMoon Orlando, FL
    Jan. 14, 2013 5:55 a.m.

    The tragic loss of life and his guilt or innocence not withstanding...How much repair is beyond 'home owner' fix up anyway? (A little wood putty in the tiny holes; sand paper and a little paint as necessary much 'bio hazard' can there be over a few imbedded, lead bullets?) All at a the everyday low cost of $38.68 at Home Depot!

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    Re: "Deseret News: Did he or did he not have pot growing in his house?"

    Of course he did! Why else would he have engaged in this murderous conduct on people he knew to be police officers just doing their job?

    And, why else would all these pro-crime liberals be jumping to his defense?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    This house distraction should be ignored for what it is, a pure distraction from the events which led to the house being damaged.

    This "accused" killer looks like he and his attorneys thrive on publicity and will be taking every opportunity to poke their collective fingers in the eyes of the public, the dead and wounded cops, and their families to try to define this guy in a sympathetic way.

    Much like the confessed tattoo-freak show cop killer did for years.

    I am all in favor of the legal rights of the accused. But, I am also in favor of justice, and too often we are raping the concept of justice while protecting the accused from hurt feelings or coming to trial and getting a verdict.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Jan. 13, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    Just for clarification, bio-hazard cleanup would include but not be limited to the officers blood and other bodily fluids leaking out while lying prostrate on the floor. It's cold-blooded, but there you have it. There are companies that specialize in death-scene cleanup and from the sounds of it, the house was evidence so the bio-hazard wasn't cleaned up and may still be there.......reminding all who see of the tragic death of a police officer.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    Deseret News: Did he or did he not have pot growing in his house?

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Stewart requested Biohazard cleanup -- sounds to me like criminal activity was taking place in his house.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    While I understand most of the previous comments (and agree with them), the point is he had a contract with the insurance company (at least I assume it is valid). He has damage to his house. Therefore, unless there are legal loopholes within the policy to wit the insurance company can escape from (of course that has never happened before), the policy is in force and the insurance company should pay for the repairs. I just hope there is a loophole in this case. He brought the issue on himself.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Farmers is one of the worst companies at paying their obligations.
    As for the "deep pockets" comment, this isn't a liability claim, it's just to repair damage to the home so they should only pay for what is damaged.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 13, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    It doesn't actually say he had any marijuana just that the police came because they thought he had marijuana.

    If he had been growing marijuana I think that would have been mentioned because it negates the responsibility of the insurance company when you are engaged in unlawful activities.

    Obviously he shouldn't have shot anyone but from the rhetoric I'm hearing of people actually believing people are coming for their guns I'm not surprised either.

    The worst crime I can think of is not taking the time to look at facts and condemning someone on your first reaction.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Just a smoke screen and trying to get under people's skin. Pure nonsense.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    When is this guy going to go away? They need to have the trial and get him on Death Row as soon as possible. That way he can sit on Death Row for 30 years and we will only have to hear about him when an appeal comes up.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    He undoubtedly subrogated his claims to his attorney, who is now looking to the insurer's deep pockets [meaning us, since insurance is a risk spreading tool] to pay some portion of his undoubtedly large attorney's fee.

    This is all about attorney's fees. It has little to do with justice or contracts or what is right.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    Oh for crying out loud.

    He apparently didn't read the fine print. Most policies specifically exclude damage resulting from a criminal act. Growing pot in the basement is a criminal act. And I sorta think killing a police officer and wounding five others falls in that category, too.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Jan. 12, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    He sure cares more about some property than human lives. Including people who put there life on the line to make us all safer. My heart really bleeds for him.