Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
New trial date set for Utah Burmese refugee accused in 2008 murder
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A new trial date has been set for a Burmese refugee accused of kidnapping and killing a young girl at the South Salt Lake apartment complex where they both lived in 2008.

Esar Met, 26, is charged in 3rd District Court with first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder and child kidnapping in the 2008 slaying of 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo.

On Friday, a three-week trial, beginning Jan. 6, was scheduled for Met.

A trial was originally set to begin on July 15, but it was cancelled in March after prosecutors said they were waiting for forensic test results.

Defense attorney Michael Peterson said in court Friday that those results are back, and now the defense team is taking those forensics and having them tested by an outside lab.

Despite the fact that evidence is still being analyzed, Peterson requested a trial date to be set for Met, who has been in the Salt Lake County jail since charges were filed against him five years ago.

The case has suffered numerous setbacks since charges were filed, some due to concerns about the quality of the interpreters being used, and others due to conflict between Met and his attorneys. On several occasions, Met's attorneys said they had reached a resolution in the case, only to have Met change his mind in court.

Hser Ner Moo disappeared on March 31, 2008, prompting hundreds of volunteers to search for her before police found her body in Met's apartment the next night. Her family lived in the same complex, and the girl was acquainted with Met.

She was found face down in Met's shower, still in the pink shirt, pink skirt and pink coat she was wearing the day before. Police have said the girl was likely dead within an hour of leaving her family's nearby apartment.

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller

Courts • Esar Met is charged with first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Article Tools

 Print Friendly
Photos
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.