John Wall appeared in jail clothing during his preliminary hearing. Earlier this year, a judge refused to lower his million dollar cash only bail.
Wall is accused of killing his ex-wife Uta Von Schwedler, a mother and a University of Utah biologist.
In court, a lifelong friend of the couple testified that after the divorce, Wall was a bitter man.
“Before Uta's death, I found he was very much full of hate and it really escalated,” Klaus Fiebig testified. “He also said it was all about Uta and how she had ruined his life.”
Von Schwedler was dating Nils Abramson before her death.
It was Abramson who discovered her body in a bathtub.
“She was very stiff and I let her back down,” say Abramson.
He testified it was a bloody scene with blood on the sink and in the bathtub. The autopsy later showed traces of Xanax in her system. Abramson testified that she never was prescribed Xanax.
Police originally thought it was a suicide. But Abramson didn’t believe that.
“(She was) happy about all the things happening in her life,” Abramson told reporters outside the courtroom. “(There was) nothing that would indicate depression or loss of interest or any of the things that would lead to suicide.”
Her oldest son Pelle Wall suspected his father of the murder. He left home.
John Wall and Pelle were in a legal battle for the children. But they remained in Wall's custody until charges were filed. The children were adopted by Dr. John Oglesby and his wife.
“(One of his daughters said) it's very awkward and it is,” says Oglesby. “It's so difficult for them. A lot of times they don't know what to think. So for them, it's most important to get the healing process, to get the counseling they need and work through this very difficult situation.”
The preliminary hearing will continue through the remainder of the week. At the end, the district court judge is expected to rule whether Wall should stand trial for the murder of his former wife.