SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Anthony and Kathleen Boutain appeared in court Friday to schedule their preliminary hearings, but during Anthony’s appearance he made a statement that may have jeopardized his wife’s trial.
After waiving his right to a speedy trial and agreeing to a preliminary hearing in February, Anthony Boutain insisted on making a statement to the judge. He said, “My wife is innocent. And I’m begging you to please let her go. I would give my life for her to take her life back, I’ll take the death penalty right now if you let my wife go.”
Former prosecutor Kent Morgan explained to ABC4 that the judge has no authority to drop the charges for Kathleen Boutain, and his statement may have actually hurt her. Morgan said, “The biggest issue that has arisen here is that the statement made by the husband in an aggravated murder case has created publicity, and publicity either for or against the defendant will effect the ultimate jury selection and ultimate jury decision in this case.”
Anthony Boutain’s charges include aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the death of Chenwei Guo on Oct. 30 in Salt Lake City.
Kathleen Boutain is charged with three counts of criminal solicitation.