Man Accused of Lying About Disappearance Ordered Held

Man Accused of Lying About Disappearance Ordered Held

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Spanish Fork man accused of lying to a grand jury about the 1995 disappearance of 15-year-old Kiplyn Davis has been ordered held in custody pending his Jan. 9 trial on federal perjury charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba on Thursday found that Timmy Brent Olsen, 28, should stay in custody because he represents a danger to the community.

Olsen is suspected of slaying Davis, but has not been charged with murder.

Michael Anderson, a supervisor in the FBI's Provo office, testified Thursday that Olsen has told more than 20 acquaintances about his involvement in the girl's disappearance.

He said some of the acquaintances said Olsen had threatened them.

Anderson said that in one recent case, a young woman who was breaking up with a friend of Olsen's was threatened over the phone by Olsen. He said Olsen told her that he would kill her, her child and her new boyfriend.

Anderson said Olsen told a friend "I did it, I did it," that he taken Kiplyn, killed her and buried her body.

Prosecutor Carlos Esqueda said Olsen represents a flight risk because he failed to make court appearances for a DUI charge in Murray Justice Court, has a spotty employment record and a severe addiction to alcohol.

Defense attorney Stephen McCaughey said Olsen's prior record involves no violence and only two DUIs and that failing to make a couple of court appearances doesn't make someone a flight risk.

Olsen is charged in federal court with 20 counts of perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury.

Officials in Utah County have said they are working with the federal prosecutors and will screen the evidence after the federal investigation is completed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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