John Wall accused of killing ex-wife will not testify

Posted at 7:09 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 21:09:48-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The jury has listened to testimony from dozens of witnesses, but John Wall says he will not be one of them.

Fred Metos, Defense attorney:  “And based on that, and based on our advice, have you made a decision on whether or not you want to testify at this trial?"

John Wall: "Yes."

Fred Meto: “And what is your decision?"

John Wall: “Not to testify."

Salt Lake Police Detective Cordon Parks testified no one he interviewed suspected Uta von Schwedler would take her own life.

Anna Rossi, Prosecuting attorney:  "None of those people either who knew Uta or who were from the family of Johnny Wall gave any indication that she was ever suicidal or had any issues with suicidal tendencies?"

Det. Cordon Parks, Salt Lake City Police: “No.”

DNA Analyst Elizabeth Johnson testified, after examining lab results, she could not conclusively match Wall to the traces of DNA found in von Schwedler's home. She said the DNA could be from the former couple's four children.

Elizabeth Johnson, Forensic DNA pathologist: "Because of the relationship,

again, with all of the possibility of all the children being donors, it's impossible to determine if Johnny Wall’s DNA is in that sample."

The prosecution questioned Johnson's conclusions, arguing the small trace of DNA found under von Schwedler's fingernail was from an unidentified male.

Matthew Janzen, Prosecuting attorney:  “And it's undeniably male DNA that was found under Uta's fingernail?"

Elizabeth Johnson, Forensic DNA pathologist: “In very low quantity."

Matthew Janzen, Prosecuting attorney:  "Very low quantity, but undeniably, it's male DNA?"

Elizabeth Johnson, Forensic DNA pathologist:  "It's male. Yes."

The case is expected to go to the jury Thursday.  If he's convicted, John Wall could spend the rest of his life in prison.