Understanding certain parts of the legal system can come in handy when a person has been charged with a crime. Individuals who are facing allegations for violent crimes may wish to explore how the proceedings for those charges are carried out. By doing so, they may be able to decide what routes may help them make the most out of their situation and if they would like to create a criminal defense.
A man in Utah may be finding out more about his situation after he was charged for multiple allegations. It was reported that the man's wife had been considered missing, and the man allegedly told her family that she had taken a trip to California. However, the remains of a female body were reportedly found near a campsite, which led to the man being questioned by police.
The man allegedly told the authorities what happened, but details of that purported conversation were not disclosed. The report did note that the remains that were found apparently indicated that the body was dismembered. He was charged with murder, obstruction and desecration of a body. All of these allegations are felonies.
It has not yet been determined whether the man wishes to have a preliminary hearing, but he does have a couple of weeks to decide. During that time, he may wish to find out more about his situation and whether a preliminary hearing may be needed. In addition, he may want to look into legal options in Utah, including criminal defense routes that could potentially help his specific case.
Source: sltrib.com, "Charging documents allege Utah man killed, dismembered wife", Jessica Miller, Nov. 18, 2014