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Wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit and staring straight ahead without expression, Mark Douglas Hacking was arraigned this morning on charges he killed his wife and disposed of her body in a Dumpster.
Hacking -- who is being held on $1 million cash bail -- appeared before 3rd District Judge L.A. Dever via a closed-circuit television link with the Salt Lake County Jail.
Dever asked Hacking to verify his name, then read the charges and set a scheduling hearing for Aug. 16 before another judge.
Following the two-minute hearing, defense attorney D. Gilbert Athay declined to answer any questions.
"Nothing today," Athay said, flashing a tight smile as he strode briskly past a horde of news reporters.
Hacking, 28, is charged with first-degree felony murder for the June 19 slaying of his sleeping wife, 27-year-old Lori Hacking, at their Salt Lake City apartment.
Hacking is also charged with three second-degree felony counts of obstructing justice for allegedly using three different Dumpsters to dispose of the woman's body, a .22-caliber rifle and the mattress on which she was sleeping when killed.