Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
(KSL News) The body of a suspected murder victim will be exhumed so experts can see if injuries on the body support a belated confession.
Last March, 22-year-old Nicole Speirs was found dead in her bathtub. There were no signs of foul play, and medical examiners weren't sure if it was an accident or homicide.
That all changed when Speirs' live-in boyfriend, Walter Smith, said he killed her. Smith is now charged with Speirs' murder. Deputy Tooele County Attorney Gary Searle requested, and a judge approved, the exhumation to see if Smith's story matches injuries on the body.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Searle says they need to know everything possible in the case before trying to convict someone and sentence them to prison.