The District Attorney’s Office now has until 5 o’clock Monday evening to file charges against Mark Hacking. Sandra Yi tells us a judge granted the extention, this morning.
This extention allows the jail to hold Mark Hacking until Monday, when he’s expected to be formally charged. A judge today granted an extention requested by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Court documents cite this reason: the Salt Lake City Police Department ‘needs additional time to complete their investigation’. The document goes on to say, ‘detectives just returned to Utah from interviewing a witness who lives in Texas, are in the process of compiling transcripts of witness interviews, and are awaiting additional test results from the crime lab’.
Greg Skordas/Legal Analyst: “I BELIEVE THAT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ASED FOR THE EXTENTION IS TO GIVE THE POLICE A COUPLE MORE DAYS AT THE LANDFILL, NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE CASE, BUT MAKE THE INVESTIGATION FINAL. IT WILL MAKE THE INVESTIGATION CONCLUSIVE.”
Mark Hacking remains in the Salt Lake County Jail on $500,000 bond. Prosecutors say he told a reliable citizen witness that he killed Lori while she was asleep in bed and disposed of her body in a dumpster. Authorities also found human blood on a knife, on a headboard and bedrail, during a search of the Hacking’s apartment.
Former Salt Lake County Attorney Chief Deputy, Greg Skordas, says prosecutors have enough probable cause to charge Hacking with murder, even if Lori’s body has not been found, but a body would make their case stronger. Skordas believes Hacking will be charged with murder, which will spare Hacking the death penalty. He doesn’t think prosecutors will need to ask for another extention. The D-A’s office declined to comment today.
Aug. 5, 2004