The man charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering 6-year-old Sierra Newbold late last month refused to appear in court Thursday.
Terry Lee Black, 41, refused to be transported to 3rd District Court from the Salt Lake County jail in connection with an unrelated robbery case. Judge Elizabeth-Hruby Mills did not immediately grant a prosecutor's request for an order to bring Black to court for a Friday morning appearance. Defense attorney Ari Chino said he would try to meet with Black Thursday afternoon in hopes of convincing him to cooperate with officers.
Black is being held in the jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Jail inmates sometimes refuse to leave their cell to appear in court as a form of protest or delay tactic.
It was Black's arrest for allegedly robbing a West Jordan Wells Fargo that police say that gave them a break in the murder investigation. A detective noticed dark stains on the man's hands and clothes that looked like they could have come from the burned field behind the Newbold's home. Police later took DNA swabs of Black's genitals and found Sierra's DNA profile, charges state.
On June 29 three days after Sierra's death Â Black walked inside a Wells Fargo at 7869 S. Redwood and told a teller he needed $100, charges state. When the teller asked for identification, Black allegedly said, "This is a robbery." Black then held up four fingers, the charges state. The teller asked if he wanted $400 and he said that he wanted $4,000, according to court documents.
The teller told police she said she would need to go to the bank's vault for the money and, when she turned around, Black walked out of the bank.
Chino, who was hired by Black's family to represent the man in the robbery case, said the murder charge came as a surprise.
"I did not see it coming," he said Thursday, adding that is was "doubtful" he would represent Black in connection with the homicide.
Black lived a short distance from the Newbolds' home and infrequently attended the same church events.
Police found Sierra's body in a canal behind her home on June 26. According to charges filed earlier this week, home surveillance footage shows Black walking into the Newbold home around 3 a.m. and leaving eight minutes later, carrying something.
Those who know him say Black struggled with alcohol and would go on binges, sometimes for "weeks."
He's had run-ins with the law in the past, though his previous charges were limited to misdemeanors.
In 2008, Black pleaded guilty to burglary for breaking into two cars near a Midvale TRAX station while he was drunk. When an officer found him sitting in one of the cars, he allegedly said he was looking for change for a TRAX ticket.
In 2006, he pleaded guilty to attempted forgery and intoxication.
On July 6, 1991, a drunken Black, then 19, broke out the windows on a Richfield apartment and then hid in a nearby garage, Richfield Police Chief John Evans said. As police arrested Black, one officer was cut by the man's knife.