An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the suspected aggravated murder of a Taylorsville woman, shortly before he was scheduled to fly out of the country to El Salvador.
The victim was discovered after family members contacted police, stating that she had not been seen or heard from for a few days. Law enforcement discovered her body inside her home and believe she died from suffocation.
Police seem to think that the suspect and the victim had some type of acquaintance, although it’s not known to what extent. The young man was tracked down due mainly to his suspected use of the victim’s ATM card. That card had been used several times since the woman was believed to have died.
The young man is being held pending investigation into numerous criminal charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, identity theft, etc.
When is Criminal Homicide Aggravated Murder?
There are several situations when criminal homicide constitutes aggravated murder. Some of those times include:
* when a person is poisoned and dies
* when there is some type of sexual assault and the victim dies
* if a weapon of mass destruction is used, resulting in one or more deaths
* when the homicide was committed in a heinous, cruel or exceptionally depraved manner (and the prosecution can prove such occurred)
* and many other situations
Even though the suspect is a teenager, he is 18 which means he is legally considered an adult and his case will be handled in adult district court.
We can assume that the prosecution, with the help of law enforcement, is busily preparing to file charges against this young man. Hopefully he has retained legal counsel who is also busy working for him.
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