Posted Jul 17, 2012 10:13 pm CDT
Stabbed by in his Salt Lake City home earlier this month, a prominent Utah criminal defense attorney told reporters in a Tuesday email that the intruder who attacked him was a total stranger to him.
Steven B. Killpack, 63, escaped and sought help from neighbors. The alleged intruder, who has been identified as Matthew Wall, 28, is charged with attempted murder and burglary, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. He was also charged with being a restricted person in possession of a weapon.
In a rambling statement reportedly given by Wall to police, he claimed he had been invited into Killpack’s home by someone he didn’t know and claimed the “old man” had attacked him.
Killpack, who underwent surgery after the attack, thanked those who have come forward to help him deal with his private practice while he recuperates. “Although the long term prognosis for recovery is optimistic, I am still very weak, and my convalescence is expected to continue for several months,” he wrote.
ABAJournal.com: “Prominent Utah Attorney Is Stabbed; Steven Killpack, Former Public Defender, Stable After Surgery”