Matthew appeared in court on February 2nd as the judge appointed two replacement defense attorneys to his case.
Kent Hart, executive director of Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, criticized Weber County prosecutors for interfering with Stewart’s defense.
“His life is on the line and the county wants to control who their opponent is,” Hart said, noting that because this is a capital murder case the county should be extra careful in deciding who represents Stewart.
Matthew’s lawyer Randy Richards states that he intends to stay on the case. Mr Richards also expressed to the court the lack of cooperation from the prosecution in fulfilling his requests for discovery of evidence.
“I’ve gotten nothing from the state, and I’ve been told I’ll get nothing,” Richards said.