The Mark Hacking Case

Background and the Latest Developments

Mark Hacking has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife, Lori Hacking, who was reported by him as missing on July 19 and whose decomposed body was not found until October in a Salt Lake City area landfill. He was also charged with three counts of obstruction of justice.

Latest Developments

Mark Hacking Sentenced for Wife's Murder
June 6, 2005
Mark Hacking, who shot his pregnant wife Lori while she was sleeping and dumped her body in a trash dumpster, was sentence to six years to life in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under Utah law.

Previous Developments

Mark Hacking Pleads Guilty
April 15, 2005
The Salt Lake City man who is accused of shooting his wife in the head while she slept and dumping her body in the garbage, where it was found five months later, has entered a plea of guilty to murder charges.

Plea Deal Set for Mark Hacking?
April 6, 2005
Speculation is that the trial of Mark Hacking for shooting his wife in the head and dumping her body in trash bin may not take place as scheduled next month because a plea agreement make be in the works.

Hacking Name Removed From Lori's Gravestone
Dec. 5, 2004
The family of Lori Hacking has removed the "Hacking" name from her gravestone and changed it to "Lori Kay Soares" her maiden name. Reports said Mark's family had been informed of the gravestone change and they understood.

Mark Hacking Pleads Not Guilty
Oct. 29, 2004
Mark Hacking pleaded not guilty to killing his wife Lori in a Utah courtroom, indicating that his attorney may be preparing to challenge the confession his client reportedly made while in a psychiatric ward.

No Cause of Death Determined for Lori Hacking
Oct. 20, 2004
An Autopsy was able to confirm the identity but not the exact cause of death for Lori Hacking, because her remains were too broken up by the time police found them in a Salt Lake landfill.

Body of Lori Hacking Found
Oct. 1, 2004
After 33 working days of searching, volunteers found human remains in the Salt Lake landfill that were later confirmed by dental records to be Lori Hacking, who has been missing since July.

Searchers Think They Are Close to Finding Lori Hacking
Sept. 28, 2004
Debris found in the Salt Lake County landfill with addresses from Lori Hacking's neighborhood has volunteer searchers encouraged that they may be close to finding her body as they manually sort through tons of trash.

Mark Hacking Waives Preliminary Hearing

22, 2004

Authorities Begin Manual Search for Lori Hacking
Sept. 14, 2004

Search for Lori's Body Suspended
Aug. 17, 2004
After digging through 4,600 tons of trash and finding nothing significant, Salt Lake City police and their cadaver dogs are taking a three-day break in the search for the body of Lori Hacking, to give the dogs and search teams a much-needed break.

Mark Hacking Appears in Court, Hearing Set
Aug. 16, 2004
Mark Hacking, charged in the murder of his wife Lori Hacking appeared before judge William W. Barrett in Salt Lake City court alongside his lawyer D. Gilbert Athay for a brief scheduling hearing. Hacking wore a bullet-proof vest and was escorted by seven bailiffs for his first official court appearance.

  • Source: Salt Lake Tribune - Hacking Appears in Court; Prelim Hearing Set
Letter Suggests Marital Strife - Aug. 11, 2004
Salt Lake Police release the contents of a letter they found in the apartment of Mark and Lori Hacking in which she apparently expressed concern about the future of their relationship. The letter said, "I got someone I don't know I want to spend the rest of my life with unless changes are made." Police did not say Lori wrote the letter, but did say it was addressed to "Mark."

Hacking Appears in Court Via Video Feed - Aug. 10, 2004
According to documents filed by prosecutors charging him with first-degree murder, Mark Hacking "played video games, did some packing, 'came across' his .22 caliber rifle and shot Lori Hacking in the head as she lay sleeping," according to an alleged confession he made to his brothers.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years to life. Hacking is also charged with three counts of obstructing justice, which carries a maximum penalty of one to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors said the obstruction charges relate to his disposal of the body, the rifle and the mattress where she had been sleeping.

Mark Hacking Charged With Wife's Murder - Aug. 9, 2004
A first-degree murder charge was filed against Mark Hacking, who according to police sources confessed to his brothers that he shot his wife in the head and threw her body in a trash bin. Lori Hacking's body has not been found, despite numerous searches of a local landfill.

Lori's Father Lashes Out Against Mark - Aug. 6, 2004
With the facts surrounding Lori Hacking's death apparently revealed, her father lashed out against prime suspect Mark Hacking, calling his son-in-law's alleged actions "disrespectful," "gutless" and "monstrous."

Search Resumes for Body - Aug. 5, 2004
Police and cadaver dogs returned to the county landfill in the search through 3,000 tones of trash for the body of Lori Hacking, whose husband is suspected of slaying her and dumping her body in a trash bin.

Police: Mark Hacking Confessed - Aug. 4, 2004
The husband of Lori Hacking told a witness at a psychiatric ward that he killed his wife as she slept and then threw her body in a trash bin, according to a court filing released by prosecutors.

Husband Arrested in Pregnant Wife's Disappearance - Aug. 3, 2004
A Utah man who two weeks ago told police his pregnant wife was missing was arrested on a charge of aggravated murder, as police narrowed their search for her to a city landfill.