FARMINGTON- The decision whether a 16-year-old accused of killing his two foster brothers should go to jail may end up happening behind closed doors.
Second District Juvenile Court Judge Janice Frost will decide by June 13 whether the upcoming certification hearing for Aza Vidinhar will be open to the public. Frost heard arguments from both sides on the question at a June 5 hearing, though she declined to make a decision that day.
The teen’s attorneys filed a sealed motion May 7 asking that the hearing be closed because information will be presented about Vidinhar’s psychological state. Attorneys representing KSL, the Standard Examiner, Deseret News and other media outlets are arguing that the hearing should be kept open due to the seriousness of the crime.
Aza is accused of killing Benjie and Alex Vidinhar, who were found dead in their home on May 22, 2013. Both boys had received stab wounds.
Vidinar’s certification hearing is scheduled for June 25.