Man not yet charged in Utah killing
he New Castle resident suspected of killing his estranged wife in Spanish Fork, Utah, has not been formally charged with the crime.
But according to the Utah County District Attorney’s office, Robert Steven Hatch is still considered the prime suspect.
Hatch, 31, was expected to be charged Tuesday with murder in Utah’s Fourth District Court for allegedly killing his 31-year-old estranged wife, Sharee Hatch. But charges were not filed, prosecutors said, because authorities still don’t have enough evidence.
“He had a hearing (Tuesday), but under the circumstances, with the evidence we have, it’s not enough to charge him yet,” Utah County deputy attorney John Allan said Wednesday. “We have some circumstantial evidence linking him to the crime.”
Investigators are awaiting the results of a DNA evidence test, which could still be three to four weeks away, Allan said.
“But something could break any day,” he said. “Actually, those tests might exonerate him. Obviously I wish I had more evidence to examine.”
Allan admitted the physical evidence gathered might not even be testable “because it’s so minute,” Allan said.
Despite the delay, Allan said Hatch remains the prime suspect in the case.
Hatch remains in Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork for failing to adhere to a treatment program on an unrelated assault charge, a Utah County court clerk said Monday.
New Castle Police said Hatch lived in New Castle since at least the beginning of 2002. He was arrested by Helper, Utah, police in the early-morning hours of July 8 on suspicion of murder.
Police theorized Hatch was in New Castle on the morning his ex-wife was killed and was on his way back when he was found and arrested by police in Helper.
Spanish Forks is located about 14 miles south of Provo, Utah, along Interstate 15 near the Uinta National Forest.
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