Ogden , Utah

Douglas Lovell

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Douglas Lovell at an evidentiary hearing in Ogden on Monday Aug. 5, 2019. A jury in 2015 sentenced Douglas Lovell to be executed for killing 39-year-old Joyce Yost in 1985. Lovell has been appealing the decision.
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Ogden , Utah

Douglas Lovell

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Douglas Lovell is escorted into the courtroom in Ogden for an evidentiary hearing on Monday Aug. 5, 2019. A jury in 2015 sentenced Douglas Lovell to be executed for killing 39-year-old Joyce Yost in 1985. Lovell has been appealing the decision.

Salt Lake City , Utah

A Witness

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Salt Lake City , Utah

The Witness

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FBI forensic accountant Heidi Ransdell on the witness stand at the John Swallow public-corruption trial in Salt Lake City, Tuesday February 21, 2017.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Sentencing

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Juan Andres Zalazar looks down during his sentencing in Salt Lake City, Tuesday April 26, 2016. Zalazar pleaded guilty in February to first-degree felony aggravated robbery and second-degree felony manslaughter for his part in the March 18, 2015, shooting death of 62-year-old David Marsh, a clerk at the Lee Mart store, 5905 S. 700 West, Murray, during a robbery,

Salt Lake City , Utah

Jeremy Johnson

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Jeremy Johnson leaves the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 16, 2016.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Bruce Wisan

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Bruce Wisan arrives at court in Salt Lake City Tuesday July 7, 2015, for a hearing involving the United Effort Plan (UEP) and Twin City Water Works, a utility accused of being a slush fund for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ. The UEP wants a judge to appoint a receiver to take over management of the water utility in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.
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Bruce Wisan arrives at court in Salt Lake City Tuesday July 7, 2015, for a hearing involving the United Effort Plan (UEP) and Twin City Water Works, a utility accused of being a slush fund for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ. The UEP wants a judge to appoint a receiver to take over management of the water utility in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Phil Lyman

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Phil Lyman, right, leaves court after closing arguments as the Recapture Canyon case goes to the jury in Salt Lake City, Friday May 1, 2015.

Taylorsville , Utah

Bruce Wisan Appearance

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Bruce Wisan stands behind his attorney Greg Skordas (in red tie) during his appearance in the Taylorsville court room, Thursday October 9, 2014.

Salt Lake City , Utah

UEP Hearing

Salt Lake City , Utah

Elephant Rides

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Esar met listens during his murder trial in Salt Lake City, Tuesday January 7, 2014. Met is accused of killing 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo in 2008

You know horsey rides, right? Where you get down on all fours and a child climbs on your back and you gallop and buck and horse around? I guess people in other countries do it, too. That’s what the defense attorney said as he asked the members of the jury to keep their minds open about Esar Met’s guilt or innocence.

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Defense attorney Michael Peterson brings out a world map during the defense’s opening at the murder trial of Esar Met in Salt Lake City, Tuesday January 7, 2014. Met is accused of killing 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo in 2008.

People from Southeast Asia, like the Burmese refugee kids at the South Park apartment complex, call horsey rides elephant rides. Esar Met would give them elephant rides and the attorney told the jury that that might explain why 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo’s blood was found on Met’s denim jacket when he was arrested for her murder. His DNA was under her fingernails as well.

Then the prosecution started to show the crime scene photos. Nothing really explains how one of Hser Ner Moo’s tiny purple shoes landed in that filthy toilet in the basement, the other shoe falling behind and beneath the porcelain. Or why the little girl ended up murdered, face down in the shower.

I photographed some of the evidence photos shown during the trial. The ones I didn’t photograph, the ones too disturbing to show, will be burned in my mind for a long time. They were pretty horrifying, just as we had been warned.

I photographed Hser Ner Moo’s father, Cartoon Wah, while the search for the missing child was still underway at the South Park apartments. You can read about that here: https://trent.photo/2008/04/01/hser-goes-missing/.

Provo , Utah

Joshua

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Joshua Petersen sits alone in the jury box before pleading guilty to shooting his baby to Judge Darold McDade Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in 4th District Court in Provo.

Salt Lake City , Utah

UEP Hearing

Salt Lake City , Utah

UEP Hearing