Third District Judge Bruce Lubeck set a deadline for the plea negotiation: Sept. 10. If no deal is reached by then, a date will be set for a preliminary hearing in the case, at which prosecutors will lay out evidence against Fotu.
Fotu, who appeared in court Tuesday wearing blue jail scrubs and shackles, remained silent during his appearance. As he was led out of the room, his relatives called to him, tried to meet his eyes. Fotu didn't look up.
According to charging documents, Fotu was inside a home at 8286 S. Adams St. (450 West) in Midvale the morning of Feb. 12 when alleged shooter David Fresques went room-to-room killing the people inside, police said.
After the shootings, Fotu gave Fresques his truck and told him to take it somewhere safe, the charges allege. Someone then called police and reported the truck had been stolen. Fresques was captured the next day, court documents state, when he crashed Fotu's truck into a parked car near 3700 S. and 300 East.
Fotu was arrested in March during an unrelated probation check after a weeks-long manhunt.
Fresques, who faces three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder in connection with the slaying, is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in October.