A Utah woman will stand trial after allegedly trying to help her friend commit suicide three times. Thirty-six-year-old Teresa Renae Clark has been charged with three counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder after allegedly trying to help a woman, 55-year-old Karma Saltern, kill herself multiple times.
As The Salt Lake Tribune reports, prosecutors believe the two entered into a suicide pact. Clark's alleged motive was to get her friend's assets, including cash, furniture, clothes and two storage units of stuff, in exchange for giving her drugs that would kill her.
There were alleged three attempts in which Clark assisted: June 17 (Clark reportedly tried to buy a gun that was supposed to be used in the killing), June 24 (Saltern took pills and was found unconscious) and July 6 (the two women reportedly discussed Saltern taking pills to kill herself).
According to a search warrant affidavit from the June 24 attempt, authorities found empty prescription containers for a sedative, empty syringes without the needles, crushed white powder, canine medications, liquid containers and a pill crusher.
Ultimately, Saltern was found dead on September 11, which delayed a court hearing in the case.
Clark faces a potential punishment of up to life in prison if convicted of attempted murder. Prosecutors also want her to stand trial on two counts of class A misdemeanor cruelty to an animal.
Clark's attorney has denied the charges and points to the fact that Saltern killed herself when Clark was incarcerated for these attempted murder charges as proof of that.
“It’s the best alibi you can get," McGinnis said, according to KSL.com.
[Photo: Cache County Jail]
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