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Sufferer’s son urges courtroom to push competency debate ahead for demise row inmate Ralph Menzies

Sufferer’s son urges courtroom to push competency debate ahead for demise row inmate Ralph Menzies

WEST JORDAN — The son of Maurine Hunsaker spoke up throughout a listening to on Friday, urging the choose to not delay the investigation into whether or not the person responsible of murdering his mother is competent sufficient to be put to demise.

“Each day issues to me. My grandmother fought the combat so long as she may. I promised her I might combat to my final breath,” Matt Hunsaker mentioned.

Menzies, 65, was convicted of aggravated homicide, a capital offense, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated theft, each second-degree felonies; and theft, a second-degree felony, on March 9, 1988, and is on demise row awaiting execution.

Prosecutors filed a movement to start out the execution course of in January, however Menzies’ attorneys requested for the method to be placed on maintain for an analysis into whether or not he’s nonetheless competent to be executed. His attorneys declare Menzies has dementia and not understands why the state needs to execute him.

Matt Hunsaker mentioned when Ralph Menzies murdered his mom 38 years in the past, he was competent. He mentioned he would not know what number of occasions he is addressed the courtroom in that point, asking for the case to maneuver ahead, every time.

“I encourage the courtroom to diligently push this alongside and let’s transfer this ahead and get this executed as quickly as doable,” he mentioned.

When Matt Hunsaker started his feedback Friday, after listening to from attorneys on each side, he famous his mom’s title had not been talked about. He mentioned the case is about her — Maurine Hunsaker, a mom of three who was killed at age 26.

Matt Hunsaker mentioned he was 10 years outdated when his mother went to work at a gasoline station in Kearns and was kidnapped, taken to the mountains and killed by Menzies. He mentioned this case is expensive to him and his household, and in addition famous time spent on the case is utilizing taxpayer cash.

Friday’s listening to was on motions for the invention course of and deadlines for the method of figuring out if Menzies is competent sufficient to be executed.

Third District Courtroom Decide Matthew Bates took about an hour to make his rulings after attorneys had completed presenting arguments. He set deadlines for discovery on the finish of April for Menzies’ attorneys and the top of Might for prosecutors, and June 15 for any additions by Menzies’ attorneys. He additionally set a listening to to judge the standing on June 26, and scheduled a tentative, six-day listening to to find out competency starting Sept. 23.

Just a few issues have been debated on the listening to — primarily whether or not notes from evaluators ought to be supplied to the opposite attorneys within the case. Thomas Brunker, particular assistant solicitor common, mentioned they’re solely asking for notes specialists used to kind opinions and if there may be something particular that might be prejudicial, a selected movement may deal with that.

Menzies’ lawyer, Eric Zuckerman, mentioned the request is broad, and carries the danger of exposing paperwork that might be used unfairly.

Bates dominated the notes usually are not privileged, and mentioned it is very important present all the things specialists relied on in making the choice. He mentioned as a result of the trial can be a bench trial, because the choose, he would be capable to decide what notes are errors and that are merely incomplete ideas.

Zuckerman expressed concern in regards to the schedule instructed by prosecutors, saying “the state of affairs has been altering sooner than we anticipated.”

Reviews will must be submitted 15 days after Friday’s listening to and Zuckerman talked about they’ve an evaluator set to go to Menzies a second time. A 3rd evaluator ought to see him in early Might, as a second go to, he mentioned, which can assist replicate Menzies’ present situation.

Brunker mentioned Menzies is at the moment presumed to be competent and his attorneys have the burden of proof, including the MRI that led to this investigation occurred over 9 months in the past, and Menzies’ attorneys ought to have been capable of get the proof they want at this level.

Menzies was not within the courtroom Friday.

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