Preliminary hearing postponed for Heidi Rutchey

Defense attorney David Perry, left, and prosecuting attorney James Swink walk back to their chairs after meeting with the judge in the preliminary hearing of Heidi Rutchey in 1st District Court on Nov. 21, 2013, in Logan, Utah. Rutchey who is charged with first degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, was granted a continuance so the defense could hire a private investigator. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

LOGAN – The preliminary hearing for a River Height’s mother, accused of killing her two-year-old son, has been postponed. Heidi Rutchey appeared in first-district-court Thursday afternoon as her attorney asked for a continuance.

David Perry asked for the continuance so that he could request a private investigator in the case. Perry said, “there are a lot of recordings in this case and the investigator will help me review those.”

First District Judge Thomas Willmore set a new hearing date for December 12th. He also told Rutchey she is not to speak about the case with police officers while in jail.

Willmore also told Cache County Attorney James Swink to instruct jail deputies not to speak with Rutchey regarding the details of the case.

“Obviously she has got to be able to jail deputies and things like that concerning her care and custody,” said Willmore. “Anything else, there should be no officers there speaking with Miss Rutchey, unless Mr. Perry is there.”

Perry said two officers have spoken to Rutchey while she’s been in jail without him being present.

Rutchey was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail October 24. She’s accused of killing her son Eli in their River Heights apartment. She’s being held on a charge of criminal homicide, a first-degree-felony.

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