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Man Accused of Killing Corrections Officer Makes Court Appearance

Man Accused of Killing Corrections Officer Makes Court Appearance


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Sandra Yi ReportingThere was tight security at the courthouse today as a white supremacist accused of killing a corrections officer appeared in court.

This was the first time Curtis Allgier appeared in court since he tried to escape from a medical clinic on June 25.

The hearing was brief, but the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office didn't take any chances when Curtis Allgier went before a judge this morning.

Allgier wore a yellow jumpsuit. He had handcuffs and shackles. There were 10 deputies in the courtroom, most of them standing along the left side of the room. There were also two men who appeared to be federal marshals.

Typically there are only one or two deputies in court. Bob Stott, of the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, says, "Nothing unusual in a case like this. Security is a concern, but it happens all the time."

Allgier didn't say much during the hearing. The judge told him he had a right to be in court, but he expected Allgier to behave. Allgier replied "yes" when the judge asked if that was clear.

Last week, Allgier appeared in court via closed-circuit television from the jail. He's charged with eight felonies.

One of them is aggravated murder for the shooting death of corrections officer Stephen Anderson.

Allgier is accused of killing Anderson to escape from a medical clinic, where he had gone to get an MRI. Police arrested him at a fast-food restaurant after a high-speed chase.

New court documents filed today contradict more of Allgier's story. The amended complaint says a shot was fired inside the Arby's restaurant, but Allgier missed the restaurant employee he was trying to shoot. The complaint also says he cut another man who tried to disarm him.

The murder charge is a capital offense, and prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.

Allgier will be back in court in September.

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