LOGAN — The preliminary hearing for a Millville woman, accused of trying to help another woman commit suicide, has been postponed after prosecutors learned the victim passed away.
Teresa Clark appeared in 1st District Court Thursday morning. The 36-year-old woman was arrested in July and later charged with three counts of attempted aggravated murder, all first-degree felonies, and two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, both class B misdemeanors.
Judge Thomas Willmore said prosecutors asked for the new preliminary hearing after learning that the victim died on Monday. He scheduled the new hearing for October 23.
Police allege that Clark called 911 on June 25 from a Logan hotel room. She told police that she had found her friend unresponsive inside the room. Officers later determined that she had tried to help the woman take her life several times unsuccessfully.
The victim, whose identity is not being released because of the circumstances, was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where she had recovered. Police would not release details about the relationship between the two women.
Inside the hotel room, detectives also found two dogs that were deceased. It is believed that Clark is also responsible for their deaths.
During Thursday’s hearing, defense attorney Michael McGinnis told the court, he didn’t believe the victim’s death was related to the alleged suicide attempts in June. Tony Baird agreed, and said prosecutors were not aware of any connection. The cause of the victim’s death has not been released.
Clark was being held in the Cache County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Judge Willmore said prosecutors agreed to release Clark on her own recognizance, while attorneys prepare for October’s hearing. She will be on probation though while released.
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