Suspects in Centerville kidnapping make first court appearance

Posted at 2:24 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 21:30:24-04

FARMINGTON, Utah -- A father-and-son accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Centerville family and considered "persons of interest" in the murder of a Utah Transit Authority worker made their first court appearance here.

Flint Harrison and his son, Dereck James Harrison, appeared briefly in 2nd District Court on Monday to face aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault charges related to the Centerville kidnapping.

Judge Michael Allphin denied bail for both men. DJ Harrison asked for 10 days to try to hire his own lawyer, and the judge set an August 9 preliminary hearing for Flint Harrison.

Flint Harrison's attorney, Susanne Gustin, told reporters outside of court she was surprised the judge scheduled a hearing for her client, given that he potentially faces charges in the murder of Kay Ricks.

Salt Lake County prosecutors said they were coordinating with Wyoming authorities to determine who might proceed. The case was still under investigation, District Attorney Sim Gill said.