Case 258

Kay Mortensen

On November 16 2009, a 911 call was placed to the Utah County Sheriff’s Department by 34-year-old Pamela Mortensen. According to Pamela, her father-in-law Kay Mortensen was brutally murdered in his own home, and the perpetrators were two burglars who had also taken Pamela and her husband Roger hostage. But investigators were suspicious of Pamela and Roger from the start due to their strange demeanours and inconsistent stories. It would take more than a year for the full and shocking truth to be revealed…



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Payson man charged with shooting dog – The Salt Lake Tribune

Few answers in former BYU professor’s violent death – The Salt Lake Tribune

911 call of ex-BYU prof’s death released – The Salt Lake Tribune

Family members named persons of interest in Mortensen slaying –

Friend defends person of interest in Mortensen murder –

Rare tactic – grand jury – used against murder suspects – The Salt Lake Tribune

Payson man and his wife charged with murdering his father – Deseret News

Court document reveals details about Mortensen investigation –

Relative testifies of stumbling into deadly break-in at BYU prof’s home – The Salt Lake Tribune

Charges to be dismissed against Payson couple accused of killing BYU professor Kay Mortensen – Deseret News

Twist in Mortensen slaying: two men arrested – The Salt Lake Tribune

Son freed in Mortensen slaying – The Salt Lake Tribune

Mortensen family: ‘We are glad the truth has finally come out’ –

Man pleads guilty to murder of BYU professor – Deseret News

Rettig sentenced to 25 years in killing of BYU professor – Deseret News

Ex-BYU professor let killers in his home prosecutor tells jury – Deseret News

Inmate refuses to testify against alleged partner in BYU prof’s murder – The Salt Lake Tribune

Jury convicts Bond of killing BYU professor – The Salt Lake Tribune

Convicted murderer of BYU professor pleads guilty to obstructing justice – The Salt Lake Tribune

Mortensen killer sentenced to life without parole – Herald Extra

Federal judge tosses lawsuit over BYU professor’s death – Fox13 Now



Roger and Pamela Mortensen’s civil lawsuit

State v. Bond

State v. Rettig



Dateline NBC – Mystery at Payson Canyon

Trace of Evil – The Perplexing Case of Kay Mortensen



My Life of Crime – Kay Mortensen

Transcript of Suspicion from Dateline NBC

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