Utah Death-Row Inmate’s Appeal Remains Ongoing
Oct 14, 2019, 9:37 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:01 pm
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OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The appeal hearings for a Utah death-row inmate are lasting longer than anticipated.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner reported Sunday that 61-year-old Douglas Lovell was initially supposed to only have hearings in his case during the month of August.
Lovell has twice been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the 1985 killing of Joyce Yost.
He has argued that he had ineffective legal counsel and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meddled in his trial.
According to court records, more hearings are scheduled for Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.
Records also reveal his former attorney, Michael Bouwhuis, testified again last month.
Bouwhuis testified in August that church lawyers asked him to call fewer church members to testify in Lovell’s 2015 trial.