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Husband of hit-run victim is appointed a lawyer

Sherman Lynch
Sherman Lynch

A man charged with killing his wife by hitting her with a white pickup truck made his first appearance in 3rd District Court Friday and was given a court-appointed lawyer because he is indigent.

Sherman Alexander Lynch, 59, is charged with first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice. He is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $1 million cash-only bail.

A scheduling conference has been set in his case for Oct. 22.

Lynch is charged in connection with the Oct. 3 death of his wife, Patricia Rothermich, who had been seen by witnesses getting hit by a truck during a hit-and-run incident.

Police found her lying by the side of the road near 2478 E. Haven Lane in Salt Lake County. She later died in a hospital of blunt force trauma, according to court documents.

An autopsy report showed she died of injuries consistent with being hit from behind by a pickup truck, and her clothing showed white paint on her back.

Sherman Lynch told police he owned a white van as his only vehicle, that he was at Costco at the time this occurred, and that there were no problems in their marriage, court documents state.

However, a woman came forward identifying herself as Lynch's girlfriend and said she had been with Lynch when he bought a white truck, which detectives verified as having been purchased on Aug. 25. Other witnesses also said they had seen Lynch painting a white truck a week before Rothermich died.

Police on Oct. 5 found the white pickup truck in the garage of an abandoned house with plywood boards stacked to cover the front of the vehicle, court documents state.

The truck had front-end damage on the driver's side, a mark on the hood that was consistent with having struck a person, and white paint residue on the grill that was similar to the paint on Rothermich's clothing.