SALT LAKE CITY — Two days after a known gang member was shot and killed during his trial at the federal courthouse, transcripts detailing the final moments have been released.
Siale Angilau’s lawyer tried to prevent the witness who was attacked from testifying. Angilau’s attorney, Michael Langford, said the witness, Vaiola Tenifa, had a personal bias against Angilau but Langford was overruled and that may have added to increased tensions.
The morning of the trial, Angilau was upset over jail conditions. His lawyer said, according to the transcripts, “He wasn’t even able to take a shower, Judge. He’s locked up in supermax, and he’s not in the best of moods, understandably, this morning.”
But Angilau promised to behave, the transcripts say.