Summarized by Vickie Speek
LDS Church members' Run-In With Deputies Capped a Sad Week
Salt Lake Tribune 21Nov99 P2
By Greg Burton: Salt Lake Tribune
OGDEN, UTAH -- On Oct. 16, Glenn Lutz allegedly resisted arrest
during an otherwise routine traffic stop. Three deputies eventually subdued
and hogtied him, but Lutz stopped breathing and slipped into a coma. He died
a month later. When asked why he would resist, Laurie Lutz allegedly told
investigators that her husband hated cops and "he probably wanted you to
Seemingly haunted by the deaths of his grandfather, his sister who died 16
years ago while on a Mormon Church mission, and his father three years ago,
Lutz, a 41-year-old father with two boys of his own, seemed to slip into an
emotional funk that he could not seem to shake.
Laurie Chaplin, Lutz's sister, believes her brother never really got over
their father's death, but she doesn't buy the idea he was to blame for his
own tragic end. The more recent tragedy seemed to start when Lutz's wife of
25 years told him she wanted a divorce, a sheriff's report indicates. On Oct.
5, a nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital reported Lutz had called and threatened to
kill his wife.
Lutz denied the report, and was not charged. Instead, a sheriff's deputy gave
the couple a packet on avoiding or resolving domestic disputes. Weber County
officials also say Lutz went to his wife's employer and caused a disturbance.
The wife's employer has not commented on the alleged disturbance. The Lutz
family attorney, Loni DeLand, who is advising Laurie Chaplin on a potential
wrongful-death lawsuit against Weber County, says recent reports about Lutz
and his wife are little more than character smears lodged by a sheriff's
office fearful of criticism.
Lutz was not an angel, Chaplin said-- he would fight if provoked. But after
listening to a recording of the deputies screaming profanities as they
hogtied him, she says she can guess why her brother resisted. "When they
pulled him over and he wasn't doing anything wrong, if they started swearing
at him like they did on the video, that would have set him off," she says.
"When he got angry, he had a pretty good reason."