The Utah Attorney General’s Office is challenging the appeal of a Bluffdale man who shot and paralyzed his neighbor during a voluntary neighborhood crime watch. Reginald Campos was sentenced to up to three-years to life in prison after he was convicted of the attempted murder and aggravated assault.
On July 21, 2009, David Serbeck and Troy Peterson went on a neighborhood crime watch around 11:00 p.m. The teenage daughter of Campos came home that night in a panic and said two men were following her. Campos grabbed a gun and started searching for the men in his SUV. During a confrontation, Campos pointed the gun at Peterson and shot at Serbeck and missed. He shot again at Serbeck and hit him in the chest, paralyzing him from the waist down. Jurors did not believe Campos’ claim that he acted in self-defense because he feared for his life and the life of his daughter.
In his appeal, Campos claims the trial judge made several erroneous rulings on the evidence; his defense attorney was ineffective for not using extreme emotional distress as a defense; and prosecutorial misconduct occurred during the closing argument.
The Utah Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the appeal on Monday. Assistant Attorney General Mark Field filed a brief and will argue that the trial judge, defense attorney and the prosecutor did everything the law required to provide a fair trial and that Campos’ conviction should be affirmed.
Who: Assistant Attorney General Mark Field
What: Oral arguments for the appeal of State of Utah vs. Reginald Campos
When: 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2013
Where: Utah Court of Appeals, Matheson Courthouse, 450 S. State, Salt Lake City