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11-16-2010, 11:40 AM
Victim’s wife: Novak hired a hitman to kill my husband
By Melinda Rogers
The Salt Lake Tribune

Published Nov 15, 2010 11:53PM
Updated 1 Hour Ago
David Novak left Utah shortly after the man who agreed to finance his $1.9-million documentary about life in federal prison was shot to death in the parking lot of a Sandy Village Inn.

Now the wife of murder victim Kenneth Dolezsar claims it was Novak who masterminded her husband’s slaying.

In a lawsuit filed in 3rd District Court earlier this month, Leslie Dee Mower claims Novak paid Eugene Christopher Wright $25,000 to kill Dolezsar.

A jury in April convicted Wright, 35, of first-degree felony murder for fatally shooting Dolezsar, 50, on the morning of Nov. 15, 2007. A judge ordered him to serve 15 years to life in prison.

Novak, an ex-con turned consultant for white-collar criminals, had touted his services to Kenneth Dolezsar for months leading up to Dolezsar’s murder, according to the lawsuit.

Novak promised Dolezsar, a hockey coach at Utah Valley State College, he could obtain a commutation of Dolezsar’s wife’s 27-month prison sentence for tax fraud in exchange for $1.9 million — money that Novak planned to used in part to finance a documentary called “Downtime,” the lawsuit states. The film was to be a guide for people headed to prison camp.

Dolezsar paid the money, anxious to see his wife get out of prison, according to the complaint. But Mower claims Novak paid Wright to shoot Dolezsar after Novak failed to make good on the promises he had made.

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11-16-2010, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the article. Very interesting.