Family and friends will now get some closure after the Jury found Utah doctor guilty of murdering his ex-wife, a cancer researcher. The verdict was given Thursday March 12. John Brickman Wall, 51, a Salt Lake City pediatrician is now facing life imprisonment.
In 2011, his ex-wife, 49-year-old Uta von Schwedler was found dead in her bathtub. Her ex-husband was arrested one year after her death. There were some theories presented by the defense about her killing herself but the jury decided Wall was responsible for her death. He allegedly attacked her with a knife, gave her a large dose of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and drowned her in the bathtub.
After the verdict had been delivered, the son of the pediatrician, Pelle Wall made the following statement:
“Today, after four long weeks in court, justice has prevailed. And for that I’m relieved and grateful beyond words. Now it is time for us to heal.”
The suspect’s sister, Wendy Wall, still believes he’s not guilty:
“This verdict will not bring Uta back. Now, to that tragedy has been added the conviction of an innocent man.”
Although it was initially believed Uta took her own life, one medical examiner considered the shallow cuts found on her wrists and legs made it look like she had tried to defend herself, as if she had been attacked. The high levels of Xanax in her body couldn’t, however, be explained.
There were various interpretations of the crime scene. Prosecution emphasized the fact that the scattered antihistamine pills found on the floor, the house’s state of messiness and the bloodstains found on Schwedler’s bed were all signs of a previous attack.
On the other hand, defense said all these clues showed that the victim was a troubled woman, on the verge of losing the custody of her children, who was trying to calm herself with drugs.
Prosecutions continued by saying that the woman’s mental health was normal. She was actually on the brink of gaining more time to spend with her kids and her work was flourishing as her recent discovery could have contributed to the development of better leukemia treatments for children. Lawyers added that Wall was actually the one with a degrading mental health. Nick D’Alesandro, one of the prosecutors said in his closing that:
“He just couldn’t stop talking about how much he hated her.”
The sentence is scheduled for April 28.
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