Hearing for murder suspect postponed

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    By MARK MORRIS

    The hearing for Lipina Lolohea, the 17-year-old Orem girl accused of murdering Samuela Pulupaki Loseli, was postponed for two weeks.

    Lolohea’s waiver hearing was scheduled for Monday.

    The defense asked for a continuance because they needed more time to work on the case, Hadfield said. A new date is set for March 9 at 10 a.m.

    Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson said the judge at the hearing will determine the probability that a crime was committed and the probability that Lolohea committed the crime.

    Detective Brad Leathem, of the Provo Police Department, said the object used to beat Loseli was discovered in Juab County.

    “It was some kind of bar,” Leathem said.

    Leathem said Loseli was beaten in his apartment and the wife was in the apartment at the time.

    Loseli’s wife said she did not hear anything.

    Police are now tying up “loose ends” of the case, and if the case does go to court, the facts can be presented and all information will be verified, he said.

    The police have not been able to interview Lolohea, Leathem said.

    The 15-year-old brother, who was also charged with murder, was interviewed by the police, but his statements can not be discussed, Leathem said.

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