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Trial begins for Utah man accused of killing wife
Courts » Tracy Scott is charged with first-degree felony murder.
First Published Aug 18 2014 08:44 am • Last Updated Aug 19 2014 09:05 am

Jury selection concluded Monday night in the trial for a Salem man accused of killing his wife last March.

Tracy A. Scott, 48, is charged in Provo’s 4th District Court with one count of first-degree felony murder in the March 23, 2013 death of his wife, Teresa Scott.

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The trial is expected to last two weeks. If convicted, Tracy Scott could face up to life in prison.

According to a jail probable cause statement filed in 4th District Court, Tracy Scott called 911 on March 23 and told dispatchers that he shot his wife and she was dead. Scott identified himself to the dispatcher, and said he was not putting his gun down, according to the court record.

Salem Police Chief Brad James has said police responded at about 7 p.m. to the couple’s home in the area of 400 E. 300 South.

Tracy Scott, who was outside the home, told police, "I just shot her and I had a gun," before going inside the house despite officer’s demands to stay outside, according to the probable cause statement.

Tracy Scott eventually came out of the home and was arrested.

Inside the home, officers found the 47-year-old woman dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

After talking with family members, police believe the couple had been involved in an "ongoing dispute" over the past several weeks, according to the probable cause statement.

Court documents indicate that Tracy Scott may claim "emotional distress" as part of his defense. Several law enforcement officers and relatives of the Scotts will testify during trial, according to court records.

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James said the Scotts had a history of domestic violence dating back a number of years, but police hadn’t been called there in the last few years.

According to Utah court records, Tracy Scott was charged with simple assault and child abuse/neglect in 2006. Those charges have since been dismissed as part of a plea in abeyance.

Tracy Scott is currently being held at the Utah County jail on $500,000 cash-only bail.


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