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Prosecutors to outline evidence in fatal shooting of officer

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Oct. 29, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.


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OGDEN — A man accused of killing a police officer and wounding a handful of others in a shootout in Ogden will have the case against him presented in court this week.

About a dozen people have been subpoenaed to testify in the case against Matthew David Stewart in a preliminary hearing that starts on Wednesday.

Those taking the witness stand will likely include five officers who were shot in the drug raid last January. Officer Jared Francom was killed in the shootout.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Stewart.

This will be the first time prosecutors will outline the evidence they've collected. It will also be the first time the defense will have a chance to present its side and challenge the charges against Stewart.

This preliminary hearing is scheduled to take three days. At the hearing, the judge will decided if prosecutors have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Six officers, some from the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, were shot Jan. 4 while serving a warrant at 3268 Jackson Ave. in Ogden.

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