Craig Roger Gregerson, who is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 5-year-old Destiny Norton, will not be able to talk to anyone other than his lawyers or their representatives while he is in the Salt Lake County Jail.

Third District Judge Robin Reese has tightened his earlier order to the jail preventing "media visits" for Gregerson.

Reese on Friday signed an amended order requested by Gregerson's lead defense attorney, Michael Peterson, and prosecutor Alicia Cook, stopping the jail from permitting any visits with anyone other than certain individuals, all of whom are working with the defense team.

Those who may talk to Gregerson in jail include: Peterson and the three other defense attorneys, Heidi Buchi, Steven Shapiro and Ralph Dellapiana; attorney investigators Virgil Johnson, Dennis Couch and Vicki Loader; and social service case workers affiliated with the defense lawyers, Randy Smith and Julie Burton.

The original order preventing "media visits" came in response to an Aug. 5 half-hour interview by KSL-TV reporter Gene Kennedy in which Gregerson, among other things, said that the police "exaggerated the details" of his alleged confession about killing Destiny.

Gregerson did not say whether or not he committed the crimes he is charged with, but Gregerson did tell KSL-TV he was not insane when Destiny was kidnapped and murdered, that he plans to proceed with a trial, wants to plead not guilty, is not afraid of the death penalty and has become "a strong advocate against pornography."

The latest amended order states: "This order is based on good cause and is stipulated to by the state and is further based on the following:

"On Saturday, August 5, 2006, a KSL journalist (who did not contact counsel for permission) conducted a person-to-person direct contact interview with the above-named defendant and the defendant responded to the journalist's questions about the underlying facts of the above-captioned case."

The words "no one" are in darker print than the others in the latest order.

Gregerson, 20, also is charged with first-degree felony kidnapping. Destiny's parents reported her missing after she went into her back yard July 16. Police say Gregerson enticed the child into his nearby home, smothered her and later had sex with her body.

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He is being held in jail on $5 million bail.

In another item filed with 3rd District Court on Aug. 10, the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office responded to defense lawyers, saying that their general quest for discovery "cannot be honored," but did list copies of items that were available from prosecutors, including one labeled "CD, Norton wedding," presumably referring to Destiny's parents.

"Other documents may or may not exist in individual police agency files and you are directed to contact these agencies for such information," the response reads. It also states that the district attorney's office will strictly comply with the law.


E-mail: lindat@desnews.com

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