The man accused of raping and killing a 6-year-old girl from his West Jordan neighborhood was back in court Tuesday.
Terry Lee Black, 41, appeared in 3rd District Court .....
Black, was only in court briefly — long enough for another date to be set for Oct. 9.
"We're going to ask for a preliminary hearing to follow very soon," deputy Salt Lake County attorney Robert Stott said.
The "horrible nature" of the crime creates urgency to move the process along, Stott said, but it must be handled deliberately due to what is at stake. If convicted, Black could face the death penalty.
The hearing was fairly quick and routine. Black stood in silence next to his newly appointed public defender, wearing handcuffs and shackles. It took less than five minutes for the judge to work out the next phase of the case with the attorney’s on both sides.
Investigators say Sierra’s DNA was still on Black’s clothing.
Prosecutors believe they have a strong case against Black, but say it will take some time
Black’s charges are all aggravated felonies, meaning he is eligible for the death penalty. The Salt Lake Count DA’s Office has not decided yet if they will pursue it.
Warrants: Suspect seen near where West Jordan girl’s body found
About three hours after Sierra Newbold disappeared from her West Jordan home, a neighbor spotted a man hovering just yards away from what police would later determine was the 6-year-old girl’s watery grave.
The man, the witness recalled, was acting oddly at 5:30 a.m. that June 26 day. He was hunched over at the waist, holding his hands out in front of him and rocking back and forth about 60 yards from where Sierra Newbold’s pink pajama bottoms and white underwear were later found in a freshly burned field.When Black’s wife was later shown a picture of her husband from the day he was arrested, she told investigators she had last seen him June 20 when he left and didn’t return. Black’s wife also said he was wearing the same clothing as when he left nine days earlier — a darker-colored Los Angeles Angels shirt and black shorts with red stripes down the side that extended below the knee.
When investigators spoke with Black, he told them his wife had kicked him out, but would not say where he had stayed during the interim.
Terry Lee Black was charged with two more counts of sexual abuse of a child and two more counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Documents filed with the new charges claim the abuse happened sometime between 2007 and 2009.
A girl who would have been 11 or 12 years old at the time attended a sleepover with members of Black’s family....
"Black’s next court appearance in the murder case will be at a scheduling conference Oct. 9 in West Jordan. He is being held in the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $2 million bail."
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Dance class plans to honor Sierra Newbold with entry into Festival of Trees
I've been trying to see if this made the news before posting it...
The tree made for Sierra did make the news.
What didn't make the news is that someone bid on and purchased the tree anonymously...
Then turned around and GAVE it to Sierra's family. (Mom says so on facebook.)
We have been to the Festival of Trees, many many years and these are not cheap auctions.
Someone paid at least $1,000 (probably closer to $3,000) for this tree and gave it to the family.
That's just awesome.
The man accused of raping and killing a six-year-old Utah girl has been ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing more than a year after her body was found in a West Jordan canal.
at the preliminary hearing July 29
Competency of man accused of murdering Sierra Newbold questioned
A five-day preliminary hearing for Terry Lee Black, 42, was set to begin next week, but defense attorneys asked that it be continued to allow for a review of the man's competency.
Third District Judge Mark Kouris agreed to the continuance and he set a review hearing for Aug. 29.
A competency hearing for accused killer Terry Lee Black was postponed Thursday pending the outcome of a motion to have the judge in the case removed.
In reading the article this morning, this struck me:
That is a lot of defense for him!In a petition filed July 18, Black's four attorneys said they have met with the man almost weekly for the past year "and believe he is suffering from limited mental functioning."
A man accused of raping and murdering a 6-year-old neighbor girl continues to be evaluated for mental competency.
During a hearing Tuesday, Judge Mark Kouris addressed a defense motion regarding the protection of privileged information. Defense attorneys expressed an interest in revealing information protected by attorney-client privilege to examiners determining Black's mental competency. They apparently wanted to keep that information from prosecutors.
But prosecutors argued that disclosing such confidential communications to examiners would waive any attorney-client privilege and should not be protected by any doctor-patient privilege.
Kouris denied the motion, saying it was unnecessary unless Black is found to be incompetent. At that point, attorneys can file the motion, he said.
If not for the support from the community, the Newbolds say, they don't know how they would have survived. It's because of that support that the Newbolds intend to continue living in the same home from where their daughter was abducted.
Now, the community wants to give the Newbolds their "forever home" — a remodeled house that they'll "never want to leave," Kathy Newbold said.
The bedroom, for one, where Sierra slept and from where she was abducted, will be remodeled. Today, Sierra's younger sister, T — who has gone through counseling — still cannot sleep in the room. The Newbolds want to change it make it special to her.
Their kitchen will also be remodeled and will include a new table that no longer has four corners, which, her mother says, makes Sierra's empty spot at the table stand out even more.
The Newbolds will also be getting a new door, replacing the sliding glass door that Black allegedly used to enter the house and that was hauntingly still open when the family got up that morning.
Not all areas of the house conjure up unhappy memories. The hallway is where Sierra's mother remembers her daughters playing and laughing, and that area will not be remodeled.