Two remaining defendants involved in Blacksmith Fork incident heading to trial

LOGAN — The two remaining defendants charged with harassing a Box Elder County family at a campsite in Blacksmith Fork Canyon in May 2018 are heading to trial. The two men, 22-year-old Wyatt D. Pack and 43-year-old Cory B. Durney, are going to defend themselves during a three day jury trial.

Court records show Durney and Pack appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. Their attorney explained that both defendants had been unable to work out an agreement with prosecutors.

On May 25, 2018 the Caballero family, from Box Elder County, had vehicle trouble while towing a trailer in Blacksmith Fork Canyon. They found a pull out where they called for help to tow their disabled truck and their camper.

The Caballeros happened to be in a spot on public land where the defendants had already placed their trailer, ahead of a planned Memorial Day camping trip. As the family waited for help, the group arrived at the campsite.

A video showed Pack yelling at the Caballeros and demanding they move their truck. He was seen berating the family, at one point asking if the father was deaf and demanding he move the truck immediately. He swore repeatedly and at one point said he would move the truck for $40.

Pack eventually towed the disabled truck down the canyon and a friend arrived to tow the trailer away from the campsite.

In December, the three other adults involved accepted plea deals, pleading “no contest” to an amended count of attempted riot, a class A misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, the remaining charges against them were dropped and their pleas are being held in abeyance for one year.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Judge Angela Fonnesbeck scheduled the three day jury trial to begin March 11. She ordered both defendants to appear again for a final pre-trial conference February 18.

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