Utah Doctor Get 15 years to Life for Killing His Former Wife
“This was an altered scene, a staged scene. Someone wants me – if I’m an investigator going in there and looking at this – to think that this lady cut herself and when cutting didn’t work, she took an overdose of pills and then hopped in the tub and drowned herself.” (Forensic pathologist Marcella Fierro testified.)
A Salt Lake City pediatrician was given a minimum sentence of 15 years in state prison this morning for the murder of his former wife, whereupon he was immediately escorted out the courtroom door in handcuffs.
Doctor John Brickman Wall, age 51, was found Guilty on March 12 in the death of his ex-wife Doctor Uta von Schwedler, who was a respected medical researcher at the University of Utah. According to court records, the two had engaged in a contentious divorce and custody battle that had gone on for years.
During the trial, numerous witnesses and medical experts for both the prosecution and defense testified about the scene where von Schwedler was found. The prosecution was able to prove that Wall had killed von Schwedler and then staged the scene to look like a suicide. Uta von Schwedler was found dead in a bathtub of her Sugar House neighborhood home with Xanax in her system and injuries to her arms and legs.
The jury had deliberated the case for seven hours, and afterwards spoke of key pieces of evidence, such as the DNA found beneath the victim’s fingernails and the scratches on Wall’s face.
Here’s another view of the case:
“We thank Mr. McDonald for bringing this amazing case to our attention.” (Investigative Reporter Susan Spencer, “48 Hours”)
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Regular readers may recall an eerily similar case, which we covered last November:
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