Every year, communities are shaped by hundreds of stories. Here are a few of the top court stories that impacted Utah County in 2018:
5. Jury finds Springville man guilty of attempting to kill baby daughter
Jury members convicted Philip Hatfield, 28, of attempted aggravated murder for intentionally trying to kill his 4-month-old daughter.
Investigators learned Hatfield had picked up the baby and threw the girl onto the concrete floor in the hallway. Prosecutors said he then threw the child against a pool table and broke a picture frame on her.
The infant was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital and treated for two skull fractures, extra-axial blood, swelling and bruising on her arms, face and legs. The sentencing for Hatfield is set for Jan. 2.
4. Car dealer pleads guilty to scamming buyers in Lehi
A car dealer was sentenced to spend four months on a GPS ankle monitor almost three years after he scammed customers who bought unpaid vehicles.
Josue Javier, 38, sold more than a dozen vehicles he did not own at his car dealership in Lehi. He was also ordered to pay $124,915 in restitution to buyers who were swindled by his sales.
The vehicles were sold for prices ranging from $3,000 to $27,600, charges state, including a $14,500 car that Javier sold on Christmas Eve in 2015.
3. Women file claims against Provo, former police chief John King for sexual misconduct
Five women, including a former dispatcher for the Provo Police Department, filed various sexual harassment, rape and sexual battery claims against former Provo Police Chief John King in January.
The case was settled out of court in July for a total amount of $750,000 paid in part by the city’s insurance carrier. King denied the allegations and had left the Provo Police Department in March 2017.
2. Young Living to pay $1.8M for DoTERRA attorney fees after lengthy court battle
In July, a judge ordered the essential oils company, Young Living, to cover almost $2 million in attorney costs after the company acted in “bad faith” and misled the courtroom during a lengthy court battle against rival company doTERRA.
Young Living sued several former employees who had left the company and started a competing essential oils company doTERRA. The case spanned five years, with claims that doTERRA stole trade secrets and poached from Young Living’s independent distributors.
Those allegations were dismissed in June 2014 based on the claims being filed too late.
1. Woman who says former Provo MTC president sexually assaulted her speaks out, files lawsuit
The woman filed a lawsuit claiming a former Provo Missionary Training Center president had reportedly sexually assaulted her when she was at the center. McKenna Denson told authorities that Joseph L. Bishop reportedly tried to kiss her in a room at the MTC before forcibly undressing and raping her.
The Utah County Attorney’s Office closed the case in March since the statute of limitations had expired. Recent changes from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows parents to be in the room with their children when they are being interviewed by church leaders.