Prosecutors Seek to Use Graphic Evidence

Prosecutors Seek to Use Graphic Evidence

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(Provo-AP) -- In the case of a man accused of killing his estranged wife in Spanish Fork, lawyers are arguing about whether the jury ought to see evidence from a previous domestic violence complaint against the man.

Utah County prosecutors say they have graphic photos that show Robert Steven Hatch was capable of inflicting serious harm on his wife.

But defense attorneys say those old photos do nothing to prove whether Hatch shot his wife with a shotgun one night last year.

Hatch was living in Colorado when his ex-wife was killed. He says he happened to be in Spanish Fork that night -- but he says he never went to her house.

The woman's new boyfriend was in the room when she was killed -- he's expected to testify when the trial begins this fall.

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