ENOCH, Utah (KUTV) — The divorce attorney for the murdered Enoch woman met three times with his client in the last few weeks, one day before the killings were discovered.
Chief Investigative Reporter Wendy Halloran spoke with James Park, divorce attorney for Tausha Haight on Thursday.
There were still unanswered questions regarding the motive behind Michael Orwin Haight's murders of his wife, their five children and his mother-in-law, before he took his own life. 2News Investigates did a deep dive searching for some insight into the couples apparent troubled marriage.
As 2News reported, his wife recently filed for divorce.
Park told Halloran he "is in shock."
Records show after nearly 20 years of marriage, Tausha Haight filed for divorce from her husband on December 21, 2022, in Fifth District Court in Cedar – Iron County.
Divorce filings are private, and access is restricted. Since this divorce involves custody, parent-time, and child support because the Haight's have minor children, the only document in the divorce that is public is a "Domestic Relations Injunction." It prohibits them from, among other things, engaging in "harassment, intimidation, domestic violence or abuse against the other party or a child." Park confirmed to Halloran that Michael was staying in the basement of the couple's home after he had been served with divorce paperwork.
Michael Haight is listed with the state of Utah as an insurance agent for Allstate with an office located in Cedar City. The couple also had a prior business filing, called "Michael and Tausha Haight Management Company," according to business filings.
2News Investigates found no signs of financial trouble but an obscure detail emerged during the press conference on Thursday.
"We had been involved in some investigations with the family a couple years prior," said Enoch City Police Chief Jackson Ames.
Court records do not show anything was ever filed as a result of the investigations Ames mentioned. We have reached out to see if we can obtain the police reports associated with these investigations that could shed some light into the family's previous interactions with police.
Due to attorney-client privilege, Park was unable to say much when 2News called him, although he did mention that he had met with Tausha on Tuesday.
"I met with her three times the last time being this Tuesday... and answered basic questions," Park said. "With all the information I had there was nothing foreseeable that could have prevented whatever was going through her husband's head to lead up to this."
Park described Tausha as someone who was incredibly nice, a polite client and at every meeting the only thing she truly cared about were her children.
He said she never indicated that her or her children were in any threat of physical harm.
According to the police, Tausha's mother was also living at the house. Park said that Michael was staying downstairs and was served with divorce papers on December 27.