Summarized by Kent Larsen
Columnist asks for Judge to remember Falater's wife (Will silence of the dead be heard?)
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 15Dec99 D2
By Laurie Roberts
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- After reviewing the testimony in favor of former LDS
High Councilman Scott Falater, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts
wonders who will speak for the wife that he was convicted of murdering.
Many witnesses have testified in Falater's favor, including both his
children and his mother-in-law.
Roberts says that Falater is portrayed by his family and friends as a
"dedicated servant of God," and as "a loving husband, a partner who
adored his wife of 20 years." Friends and acquaintances don't understand
how he could have killed his wife. Co-workers see him as a teacher and
But Roberts then asks, "Who will speak for Yarmila Falater?" She says
his friends and family defend him with "blind faith," and notes that
they "readily acknowledge that they don't know what happened that night,
when their friend stabbed his wife 44 times as she screamed and fought."
And she says that they resist the thought that "Yarmila could have been
unhappy in her marriage, that she could have been resisting his pressure
to get more involved in church. That he might have killed her in order
to avoid a divorce that would have cost him his high church position."
The arguments about Falater's sentence continue, and Judge Ronald
Reinstein is scheduled to decide his fate next month.