First court appearance of man accused of killing 2 teens results in continuance


    Jerrod Baum, 41, appeared Thursday in his first court hearing where he was expected to waive his preliminary hearing but a continuance was granted instead to give both sides more time to go over evidence. (Photo: KUTV)<p>{/p}

    (KUTV) -- Jerrod Baum, 41, appeared Thursday in his first court hearing where he was expected to waive his preliminary hearing but a continuance was granted instead to give both sides more time to go over evidence.

    Baum is accused of kidnapping, stabbing and disposing of the bodies of Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson, 17, and her boyfriend, Riley Powell, 18, by throwing them down a an abandoned mine in Eureka.

    Court documents state Baum had told his girlfriend that he never “killed an innocent before,” but prior arrests when he was a teenage boy show he had violent tendencies early on.

    When Baum was 15 years old he was tried as an adult for a crime spree with an attempted murder charge.

    He took a plea deal for going into a Burger King and firing at employees while trying to rob it. The murder charge was dismissed without prejudice.

    Baum next court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

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