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Doctor accused in murder of ex-wife loses medical license

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Posted at 6:40 PM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 22:35:34-04

SALT LAKE CITY - A Salt Lake City doctor has lost his medical license after being arrested on charges in connection with his ex-wife's death, and FOX 13 has learned that his Salt Lake City home was burglarized last week.

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.

Wall has been behind bars since his April arrest, and this week, state regulators suspended his medical license while his criminal trial is underway.

"His license has been suspended pending the results of the criminal investigation. So he'll not be able to be able to practice, not be able to write prescriptions, not be able to do any of those things," said Francine Giani, Utah Dept. of Commerce.

If Wall is found not guilty, acquitted or the charges are dropped, his medical license will be reinstated. Wall signed off on the suspension, but officials are clarifying that it isn't an admission of guilt.

"But right, there's no agreement that he's done anything wrong at this point," Giani said.

Meanwhile, Wall's Salt Lake City home was burglarized last week. Police are still investigating the incident.

Wall's home is currently under the care of his new girlfriend Chantel Biggs, who is a suspect in multiple home burglaries.

Wall and Biggs apparently started dating before his arrest. She showed up at the Salt Lake City home on the morning of his arrest, though he was caught in another location.

Biggs has also started a Facebook page supporting Wall but won't publicly speak about their relationship.

Biggs is currently awaiting trial on several felony charges in connection with a string of home burglaries last fall.

Wall is due in court next week. He's currently being held on a $1.5 million cash-only bond.