Wow! Things are really heating up in the case involving hot teacher Brianne Altice: a Utah judge ruled yesterday that the former Davis High School teacher will face four separate trials for her alleged crimes.
The most interesting thing? It sounds like her attorney was the one arguing for separate trails. This thing could go on forever! Details from the Desert News:
Brianne Altice, 35, faces a total of 14 felony charges — including rape, forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and dealing in materials harmful to a minor — stemming from alleged sexual relationships with three former Davis High students who were 16 or 17 years old at the time.
Second District Judge Thomas Kay ruled Monday that it was “appropriate and necessary” to split the 10 original charges into three trials, one relating to each victim.
While there are similarities in all three cases, Kay ruled that they were not connected.
A fourth trial has also been ordered relating to four additional charges alleging Altice had sex with one of the victims while she was out on bail.
Altice’s attorneys argued that lumping the cases together could result in “extreme prejudice” by a jury. Prosecutors, however, contended that the three cases together painted a picture of Altice’s motives.