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Alleged killer of Roy mother and son to retain defense team

Published August 13, 2012 1:07 pm

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Ogden • Jeremy Valdes considered representing himself against charges that he murdered a Roy mother and son, but he and his defense attorneys talked it out and they're still a team.

Valdes, 35, filed a sealed motion with the 2nd District Court earlier this month seeking to represent himself. He had "some concerns," said his attorney Randall Marshall, who declined to comment specifically on what those concerns were.

In any case, Marshall said that he and his fellow court-appointed attorneys talked things over with Valdes, and he's retaining them as his defense team.

"We're going to work through some of those concerns and we'll be able to move on and represent him," Marshall said, following a status conference Monday morning.

On Nov. 25, 2009, Valdes allegedly fatally stabbed Matthew Roddy, 30, during an argument about stolen prescription drugs. Police believe Valdes then beat the man's 53-year-old mother, Pamela Knight Jeffries, before leaving her unconscious with a plastic trash bag around her head and stuffing both she and Roddy into a closet.

Valdes is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, which is punishable by the death penalty.mmcfall@sltrib.com