Pediatrician accused in murder of ex-wife appears in court

Posted at 4:24 PM, May 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-13 20:38:34-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City pediatrician accused of killing his wife was back in court on Monday, and a woman facing burglary and fraud charges was there to show her support.

Dr. John Wall is charged with murder in the Sept. 2011 death of his ex-wife Uta von Schwedler. The University of Utah researcher was found dead in the bathtub of her Salt Lake City home. She appeared to have been in a struggle and had high quantities of Xanax in her system.

A hearing for Wall was scheduled Monday for next week to determine whether his $1.5 million bail can be reduced.

Chantel Biggs was at Monday's hearing, showing her support.

Biggs was at Wall's house the morning of his arrest in late April and witnesses say she's been staying there on and off since then.  Her relationship with Wall is unknown.

Biggs' Facebook page features a link devoted to Wall declaring his innocence and it appears as if she set it up.

Biggs is one of FOX 13's Utah's most wanted criminal suspects after she and her old boyfriend Joe Facello were arrested in January on burglary and fraud charges. Sandy Police say the pair were responsible for a string of home burglaries.

"They've been around the valley, they've not just done burglaries. They've also stolen credit cards and they've gone and committed fraud with those," said Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold in January.

She is due back in court next week to face charges related to last year's alleged crime spree.