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Prisoner Accused of Killing Officer Appears in Court

Prisoner Accused of Killing Officer Appears in Court

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Sandra Yi Reporting The prisoner accused of killing a corrections officer last week made his first court appearance. Curtis Allgier heard the eight felony charges against him, including one which carries the death penalty.

Curtis Allgier didn't say much but seemed arrogant during his brief court appearance. Afterward, his attorney rushed out of the courtroom and avoided reporters.

Curtis Allgier appeared in court by video, from the Salt Lake County Jail. "Good morning, Mr. Allgier," said Judge Robert Hilder via video. "Yup" replied Curtis Allgier.

Allgier is charged with eight felonies. As the judge read each one, Allgier looked up and rolled his eyes. Judge Robert Hilder read the charges, "You are charged with count one criminal homicide, aggravated murder, a first-degree felony."

Last week, the judge appointed Allgier an attorney. When Judge Hilder asked if he has any funds to pay for his defense, Allgier replied, "No, and I haven't been allowed to use the phone, so I haven't talked to my people. I don't know." Judge Robert Hilder said, "Well, you mean about talking to family or friends about hiring counsel?" To which Allgier replies, "Exactly." Judge Hilder says, "Well, you may be able to work that out through counsel if you wish to do so."

Allgier is accused of shooting corrections officer Stephen Anderson last week, while escaping a medical clinic. In a jailhouse interview, Allgier said the gun went off during a struggle. Police arrested Allgier inside a fast-food restaurant after a high-speed chase.

Prosecutors say Allgier tried to kill two people there. He could now face the death penalty.

Also in court this morning was Allgier's friend, Trisha Tower, who prosecutors say gave Allgier a change of clothes and hid his prison jumpsuit. She is charged with obstruction of justice. The judge appointed her an attorney.

Both will be back in court next week.

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