SALT LAKE CITY — A Colorado man accused of killing the teenage girlfriend he thought was pregnant three years ago is set to stand trial on a murder charge, but his lawyer said Friday that a recorded interview could change or delay the case.
During a brief court hearing, a Utah judge tentatively scheduled a Nov. 30 trial for Darwin Christopher Bagshaw, 18. But defense lawyer Chris Bown said he's waiting to receive a recorded interview that prosecutors may present as evidence and could impact the length of the trial, which expert witnesses are brought in and how the defense approaches the case.
Bown and prosecutors would not describe the interview or whom it involved. Bown declined to tell reporters how it could alter the defense.
Bagshaw of Grand Junction is charged with beating to death Anne Kasprzak, 15, when he was 14 and living in Utah in 2012, according to court records.
Prosecutors say Kasprzak was killed after she told people she was pregnant but her boyfriend didn't want the baby. Medical examiners later determined she was never pregnant, and her parents said she had lied.
She ran away from home on March 10, 2012. The next day, a jogger found her battered body floating in the Jordan River, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.
An autopsy later showed Kasprzak suffered multiple blows that crushed her face and head.
Police said that when they went to question Bagshaw, they noticed he was wearing new shoes. Officers asked for his old shoes, and as he was handing them over, he said Kasprzak had gotten a nosebleed at a friend's house and dripped blood on his shoelace, according to authorities.
He asked the friend to confirm the story to investigators, who couldn't find any of the girl's blood at the friend's house.
Police arrested Bagshaw in October, more than two years after the death.