, 42, of Mesa, Ariz., is charged with the first-degree felony homicide of her
then-employer Pajela, 54, of Pleasant Grove.
h the Utah County Attorney's Office
, said the two sides had worked long and hard to arrive at a comprise plea offer that Brown
has been considering.She said she found it ironic that after four years of legal proceedings, Brown, on the eve on the trial, would consider obtaining a new attorney.
"If we have to start over, I doubt it's going to be (with negotiated offer)," she
said."The victim's daughter is very upset."
Gale explained that Brown
didn't have any money previously, but family members had come forward with funding.
never had the money before," he
never had that choice."
Most recently, the trial had been delayed while defense attorneys awaited the results of DNA lab tests.Samples from both Brown and the victim were submitted in February, and Gale said attorney's were still waiting to get the final report back.
Judge Davis set a pretrial conference for Brown
on June 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the event the defendant obtains new counsel.
In a separate but related court case, Brown
is charged with two felony counts of theft by deception.The state claims she
stole between $25,000 and $35,000 from Pajela by writing 20 or more checks to herself from the victim's bank account.Brown was the activities director and later administrator at Pajela's Mira Vista Retirement Community in American Fork.
The current murder case is the second in which Brown
has been charged with Pajela's death.The original charges, filed in 2002, were dismissed because prosecutors needed more information and were unable to interview some witnesses.Charged were refiled in April 2004.Brown
was booked on the refiled murder charge in August 2004 and posted a $100,000 bond.