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Pesticide technician appears in court

By Mary Richards | Posted - Aug. 17, 2010 at 12:39 p.m.


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LAYTON -- The man charged with negligent homicide in the pesticide deaths of two Layton girls spoke just after his court appearance Tuesday morning.

Coleman Nocks talked briefly to reporters after the court appearance.

"It's been very difficult the last six months, and it's just going to get worse," he said.

Nocks pleaded not guilty in June after Rebecca, age 4, and Rachel Toone, 15 months, died from apparent exposure to a pesticide. Prosecutors say their deaths were caused by fumotoxin applied by Nocks to deal with a vole infestation at their home.

When asked if this would get resolved soon Nocks replied, "It could very well be."

His attorney, Bruce Larsen, refused to speak to the media but during the court hearing asked the judge for more time. He said it was a complicated case and he wanted to do discovery, or gather evidence.

Larsen asked for another hearing two months from now and said it should either be resolved then or would move forward to trial.

The judge agreed and pushed back the start of the proceedings to give both sides time to prepare. A new court hearing was set for Oct. 26.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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