A Salt Lake City physician was taken into custody Friday and the district attorney believes that he is the person who murdered his ex-wife in September, 2011.
Doctor John B Wall, age 49, was charged in Utah’s 3rd District Court with premeditated Murder and Burglary, in the death of Uta von Schwedler, also 49.
The body of Dr. von Schwedler, who was a biology scientist at the University of Utah, was found under water in the bathtub of her home, in south Salt Lake City.
Authorities state it has taken nearly three years to piece together the evidence linking Wall to von Schwedler’s death, because early indications were that she might have died as the result of a suicide.
But investigators state evidence found in the home included traces of Wall’s DNA, as well as signs of a violent assault. Detectives were able to eliminate suicide as the cause of death. And witnesses will testify that in the hours and days following von Schwedler’s death, Wall’s behavior became increasingly strange.
Margaret Olson, the lawyer for the couple’s 19-year-old son Pelle Wall, made this statement:
“The arrest of John Wall for the murder of Uta von Schwedler is a long-awaited moment for those who loved Uta, in their quest for justice. We are confident justice will ultimately be served.”
Wall faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted.
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We find it regretful that John Wall, MD is a graduate of the same medical school we are: University of California, San Diego, in 1995.