Johnny Wall was intensely interrogated for four hours
by Salt Lake City detectives and released.
The next day, seemingly unable to cope with the loss of his ex-wife,
Wall checked into the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute where he
spent the next six days under observation.
Credit: State of Utah prosecution evidence
Wall at the car wash
Uta is believed to have died sometime between 2:30 a.m
and 5 a.m. the morning of Sept. 27, 2011.
Her son, Pelle Wall, claims his
father was not at home early that morning when he left for school. Johnny Wall did turn up in time to drive his
younger children to school and then at 8:30 a.m., Johnny
had his car cleaned as seen on image from the car wash security tape.
Credit: 48 Hours
About a year after Uta von Schwedler died, her family and
friends used social media and outdoor advertising to appeal for the public's
help in solving her mysterious death.
In October 2013, six months after Johnny Wall's arrest, a preliminary hearing
was heard in Salt Lake County criminal court.
A judge decided the State of Utah had enough evidence to try Dr. John
Wall for murder. Wendy Wall says that
jail is tough on her brother for a crime he didn't commit and their family can't
meet the exorbitantly high bail.
This treasured Wall family photo album was found in the
bathtub with Uta's body. Its presence
seemed to hint at the possibility of a suicide because it was very odd that
such a valued heirloom would be so carelessly placed in water.
On the stand, an assistant medical examiner described injuries found on
Uta von Schwedler's body to Prosecutor Anna Rossi. There was
bruising on Uta's lip and neck, deep cuts on her wrist and leg, and an unusually
high level of the anti-anxiety medication, Xanax, in her system.
Prosecutors presented DNA evidence saying it
potentially puts Johnny Wall in Uta's bedroom. Defense attorney Fred Metos argues the DNA only indicates the presense of a Wall male, which could be one of Johnny's two sons.