Sisters survive deadly attack at Utah cabin
Tricia and Linea Tiede (Tiede family)
Linae Tiede: Von Taylor and Ed Deli very much each took their own separate part in murdering my mom and Grams. ...I do not feel one man at any way, shape, or form was more responsible.
Thomas Brunker | Assistant Attorney General: They were charged with the murders, the aggravated kidnapping, the arsons, the -- high-speed chase.
I don't remember the exact number, but in addition to the murders there were something like eight to 10 felonies and some misdemeanors.
Trish Tiede: I wanted 'em both to be sentenced to the death penalty. I want both of them to know that they were gonna die.
Thomas Brunker: Approximately five months after these crimes, Von Taylor pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder and the state dropped all of the other charges against him in exchange for that plea.
Linae Tiede: I believe Taylor pled guilty to his crime because there was so much cold evidence against him that that was all that he could plead was guilty.
Taylor was an evil man. He had no remorse. No regard for life whatsoever. You could see it in his eyes; you could see it in his countenance. From the moment we saw him to the last time we saw him in court, he had just had this air about him of anger and zero remorse.
Thomas Brunker: Taylor opted to go to sentencing in front of a jury instead of in front of a judge. ...the jury sentenced him to-- to a death sentence for both murders. So he has two death sentences.
Linae Tiede I felt...relieved that Taylor would be put to death for his crime. Justice had been served.
Joe Offert [A] short period of time after that -- couple of weeks, I believe, then Mr. Deli went to trial. ...we were as prepared, if not maybe even a little bit more prepared, to go into the Deli trial as we were with the Von Taylor trial.
Linae Tiede: I felt a great burden...I felt like they practically wanted me to be able to see the bullets coming out of the guns, that they expected me to point the exact gun in the direction of every bullet and where it hit at any given moment.
Hmmm, I actually just had a whole epiphany of new thoughts come to that, that I don't think that that was helpful for a victim to have to put a weapon that they watched their family murdered with, to even have to touch it. What is the point? The weapons were already on the table. ...Why would I have to touch it?
Trish Tiede: Those trails are somewhat of a blur to me. [I] was 16 years old and...I wanted to go back and live that life I loved and not having to keep reliv[ing] a nightmare.
Deli's lawyer argued that he didn't do any of the shooting.
These men were guilty. They committed a crime, they needed to be punished and we needed to move on.
Joe Offert: Linae and Trish Tiede -- were excellent witnesses...they were very sure about the things they had seen and very articulate. ...able to relate these very, very sensational things and in an unemotional way. ...extremely valuable witnesses.
But we had another survivor of the case -- Mr. Tiede survived the assault and the attack...incredible guy.
Trish Tiede: I remember...watching the look on Deli's face as he came in seeing my father. And it was very apparent to me that he did not know my father had survived. And the look on his face was just priceless like he had been defeated. My dad survived. We won.
Joe Offert: He's lucky -- that they used the wrong gun what they shot him. They used bird shot. Very ineffective. They didn't know that. ...I think his odds of having made it -- and survived an incident like that -- are probably, one in 1,000.
He was kind of an ace in the hole, and he brought the prosecution together in an outstanding way.
I expected Edward Deli...to be convicted of first-degree murder. ...the case had been thoroughly investigated, and the prosecutor's office had done an excellent job.
Randy Zorn | Uncle: I heard the verdict came out -- second-degree murder with life imprisonment. And I never really understood that. I was kinda, I don't know, resentful. And I don't know how to put this inside. Something's wrong...how can he be not sentenced to death?
Thomas Brunker: Deli was not convicted of first-degree murder, he was convicted of...second-degree murder and a death sentence was no longer an option once that conviction came in.
Linae Tiede: Edward Deli received second-degree murder instead of first degree, due to one jury member deciding to hold out.
I felt like the courts did an injustice to our family. I felt like that he deserved to be on death row as well, just like Taylor... Deli murdered. Taylor murdered.
Randy Zorn: This was such a horrific experience for everybody here that I think we all didn't know what to say or buried it inside to where we didn't talk about this a lot.
Trish Tiede: I went through periods of anger and frustration and not understanding why. ...And for years and years that follow, I cried in silence. ...I spent a good 10 years hiding that pain and suppressing that pain.
Linae Tiede: I went through trying to find happiness in areas where happiness doesn't exist. I went through fear, fear of -- putting my heart out there, fear of loving someone or letting someone love me, that they would -- abandon me.
I believe it was 2001 I received a letter from Deli... I thought about it for many, many years and would go to write him a letter and it just never felt right.
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