BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — An Aug. 27 preliminary hearing was set Tuesday for the teen accused of killing his two adopted brothers on May 22 in West Point.
With his father sitting beside him, 15-year-old Aza Vidinhar answered in the affirmative when 2nd District Juvenile Court Judge Janice Frost asked whether he understood the charges against him.
Vidinhar is charged with two counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed his two younger brothers, ages 4 and 10. The boys were found in the family’s West Point home on the evening of May 22.
At the preliminary hearing, the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to move forward. Only after the preliminary hearing will the judge consider whether Vidinhar should be tried as an adult or remain in the juvenile justice system.
The Davis County Attorney’s Office has indicated it will seek to try him as an adult. However, the boy’s attorney, Todd Utzinger, told members of the media, “Juveniles should stay in juvenile court.”
“He just barely turned 15, Utzinger told the media following the hearing. “He’s still developing and being placed into the adult (justice) system could cause serious harm to his psyche.”
That Vidinhar’s father sat next to his son during the hearing, “speaks volumes,” about the parent’s continued support for their son, Utzinger said.
Deputies were called to the family’s home after the boys’ mother found the 4-year-old dead and the 10- and 15-year-olds missing. The 10-year-old was then found in the home, also dead of stab wounds.
Vidinhar was found walking on the street in Layton about 11:30 p.m. Investigators say he did not have a weapon with him, but he allegedly had traces of blood on him.
He was booked into the Farmington Youth Center on May 23 and formal charges were filed on July 1.