Attorneys representing death-row inmate Douglas Carter made a 4th appearance
before the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday, continuing arguments that the
convicted murderer didn’t receive sufficient counsel from other attorneys who
represented him earlier in his case.
The arguments before the high court were another step in the ongoing saga of
the now 56-year-old Carter, who was convicted of stabbing and fatally shooting
Eva Olesen during a robbery at her Provo home in 1985. Olesen was the aunt of
then-Provo Police Chief Swen Nielsen. During court proceedings in 1992,
Carter’s relatives described themselves as a close-knit family who were
well-educated and supported Carter, Murray argued. In 2006, several of them
changed their stories dramatically and said Carter grew up in a drug- and
Had Carter’s counsel presented the "true story" of his background at
sentencing, there may have been a different outcome, Murray alleged.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Brunker disputed that claim.
"It’s equally plausible that they’ve become convinced the picture they painted
in 1992 didn’t help their brother and son, so they decided to change their
testimony," Brunker said. "Now we don’t know the truth about what his
background even is."
Brunker argued Carter can’t legally bring forward his latest claims for relief
at this stage in the court process.
(source: Salt Lake Tribune)