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Driver accused of killing officer, kidnapping woman appears in court as O/Op with “no access to funds”


Truck driver accused of killing officer, kidnapping woman appeared in virtual court with visible injuries and “no access to funds” for a lawyer on Wednesday afternoon. 

The virtual court appearance occurred on May 15th as the truck driver Michael Jayne sat in a wheelchair with a breathing apparatus in Utah County Jail near Provo, Utah. Jayne appeared to have difficulty speaking, and Judge Robert Lund had a difficult time hearing him during the virtual appearance, reported KUTV 2.

According to ABC 4, Jayne, who says he is an owner operator, asked for a public defender. Stating that “I have no access to any funds… “I don’t have any access to any money, and I don’t have any ability to pay for [a] lawyer.”

During the hearing, Judge Lund explained to Jayne that he is facing nine charges. The charges include one count of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first degree felonies; one count of burglary and three counts of theft, both second degree felonies; and one count of failure to respond to officers signal to stop, a third degree felony. 

Lund also filed a protective order for the woman who was with Jayne at the time of the incident. 

Jayne will appear in court with his public defenders on May 21st at 11 a.m. 


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