A Utah native charged with murder in Nebraska in the carjacking death of an Iowa woman asked for an attorney when he was arrested in Wyoming but never received one, his lawyer said.
Defense attorney Tom Garvey said he planned to file motions Monday asking the court to suppress the arrest of 19-year-old Anousone Soukharith and statements he made to a sheriff in Wyoming."There is no question Mr. Soukharith asked for an attorney, both when he was arrested and when he was interviewed," Garvey said. Despite the request when he was arrested the night of May 23, Soukharith did not receive a lawyer, Garvey said.
Wyoming State Patrol Trooper David Chatfield, who arrested Soukharith that night, said officers informed the suspect that he was entitled to an attorney during questioning.
"He said he wanted an attorney when he was questioned. He was not questioned at that time," Chatfield said in a telephone interview from Laramie, Wyo.
When Albany County Sheriff Gary Puls interviewed Soukharith at about 3 p.m. the next day, Soukharith was told a public defender was available but in court, Garvey said. The sheriff's interview of Soukharith continued.
"He wanted Mr. Soukharith to help find if she was dead or still alive in need of medical attention," Garvey said. "The sheriff is just a good old boy. He was just doing his job, trying to help the family along - the victim's family."
Soukharith pleaded innocent Tuesday to Nebraska charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Sarpy County District Judge Ronald E. Reagan tentatively set trial for Oct. 16.
Soukharith, a native of Fillmore, Utah, had been living in Des Moines. He is accused of kidnapping Karen Logsdon, 42, in her sports car on May 23 in Iowa. He is charged with robbing or attempting to rob her, shooting her and leaving her body near I-80 about halfway between Omaha and Lincoln.
Soukharith was arrested later May 23 in Wyoming driving the white Mitsubishi 3000 GT leased by Logsdon. Her body was found the next day.