By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Anglesey to request bond reduction

 


An officer accused of murdering a 2-year-old boy is asking the court to reduce his bond.

Jacob Anglesey, 35, a Green River Police officer, who is charged with first-degree murder, is scheduled to appear in the Third District Court of Judge Richard Lavery for a bond hearing.

Anglesey is currently being held on a $1 million cash or surety and is requesting the bond be reduced to $500,000 cash or surety, which is an amount he still can’t afford to pay, the court documents state.

According to the motion for reconsideration of bond document, since Anglesey’s prior employment was with the GRPD, he has been in solitary confinement for the past 415 plus days while he is awaiting trial. The document also states the trial has been pushed back so the defense can have expert witnesses testify.

The document also states Anglesey’s attorney, Joshua Merseal, has noticed significant changes in Anglesey’s demeanor since December of last year.

Dr. Chuch Dennison, PhD, a forensic psychologist was asked to conduct a forensic psychological evaluation to evaluate how the solitary confinement is affecting him. The evaluation was done by Dr. Dennison, but is sealed.

The Case

Anglesey, was placed on administrative leave, after he was indicted for a first-degree murder charge Feb. 3, 2016, in the Third District Court of Judge Nena James in front of a grand jury.

At that time, the jury convened to determine whether or not there was enough probable cause to charge Anglesey with first-degree murder, which stemmed from the 2009 death of Konnor Allen, a 2-year-old boy. Allen was the son of Phylicia Rasdall and Corry Allen.


The jury trial was scheduled to take place in February of 2017, but Anglesey requested the trial date be continued. His request was granted by Third District Court Judge Richard Lavery. The jury trial is now scheduled to start Sept. 11, 2017, at 9 a.m.

In an article titled “Child’s death under investigation,” in The Green River Star’s March 18, 2009, edition, “The male child, Allen, had suffered a head injury and was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County; and subsequently Life Flighted to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Allen died from the injury. An autopsy was conducted by the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.”

The article also states, the person reporting accident was an off-duty police officer who was at the residence at the time of Allen’s injury. This officer was later identified as Anglesey. In 2009, Anglesey reported the the child was injured in a fall.


According to information released by the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, after the incident, the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office was notified and they contacted the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an investigation. DCI presented its initial findings to a special prosecutor, requested by then Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson, and appointed by the Sweetwater County Commissioners on March 12, 2009. After reviewing the investigation, the appointed special prosecutor declined to initiate charges, but the case remained open with DCI.

In 2015, DCI agents presented their findings and expert reports to Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe, the release states. The investigation presented alleged inconsistent statements from Anglesey as to the cause of Allen’s injuries, and the medical exam report. Also included were medical reports citing the injuries to Allen were caused by non-accidental trauma.

Anglesey, who worked at the GRPD for years, was best known as the police department’s K-9 handler.

 

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