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Jail Officers Seize Writings of Gregerson

Jail Officers Seize Writings of Gregerson

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County jail officers have seized papers written by Craig Roger Gregerson in his cell, where he is being held on capital murder charges in the slaying of 5-year-old Destiny Norton.

The material seized Wednesday was turned over to police and prosecutors, said Chief Deputy Rollin Cook, who oversees the jail. He declined to disclose the contents.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Stott declined to comment on the writings.

Meanwhile, Gregerson, 20, has been ordered to give a blood sample so authorities can see if his DNA matches that collected in the case.

Prosecutors allege Gregerson confessed to luring Destiny from her backyard on July 16, suffocating and squeezing her, and, after she was dead, sexually assaulting her body.

Gregerson, in a jailhouse interview with KSL-TV, did not confirm or deny the slaying, but did assert that he was sane that day and was "not guilty because of things that happened" that day.

He is being held in lieu of a $5 million, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3 before 3rd District Judge Judith Atherton.

In another development, his estranged wife, Catherine "Cadie" Gregerson, appeared before Atherton Thursday on a domestic violence charge.

Her attorney asked the charge be dismissed, but Atherton scheduled trial for Dec 1.

It is alleged that in April, she tried to push her way past her husband, but he pushed out the front door, after which she purportedly kicked in the screen door and on the door so hard it came off its hinges.

Regarding the charges against him, she said, "My theory is he's innocent until he's proven guilty, even though he confessed," but also said that she and Gregerson's family want him to plead guilty so they can move on with their lives.

"We want him to get it over with and we want him to not drag this on for so long," she said.

She said she is staying with a relative, and, because she is so upset, has asked friends in Spanish Fork to take care of the couple's 13-month-old child temporarily. She has applied for financial aid to get mental health treatment.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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