A Utah man has been arrested for the murder of his mother and desecration of a human body.
Blunt force trauma
42 year old Uriah Lee Scott had been living temporarily in his mother’s trailer home in Troy, Michigan when police responded to the residence on a welfare check. Other relatives of Scott’s mother had not heard from her in a few days and became worried, prompting a call to police. When authorities arrived, they found the mother’s body hidden in a closet. An autopsy report stated she died due to blunt force trauma to the head. Scott was located at a friend’s home nearby and arrested for murder and desecration of a human body.
Moving the body
While Scott is first-most being charged with the murder of his mother, he is also facing charges for what he did with her body following the murder. Police did not report any mutilation or other disfigurement occurring with the body but the body was moved and covered up with items in the closet. This was likely done to partially conceal the crime that Scott has committed, however all this did was add more charges against him.
Desecration of a human body
Since Scott was arrested in Michigan, he will face charges for his crimes there. According to the Michigan Penal Code 750.160, “A person. . . who shall willfully dig up, disinter, remove, or convey away a human body, or the remains thereof . . . shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or by fine of not more than $5,000.00.” Had he committed his crime in Utah, the penalties would have been slightly less severe. Utah Code 76-9-704 states “A person is guilty of abuse or desecration of a dead human body if the person intentionally and unlawfully:
- . . . Disturbs, moves, removes, conceals, or destroys a dead human body or any part of it;
- Dismembers a dead human body to any extent, or damages or detaches any part of portion of a [it]. . . ;
- Commits or attempts to commit upon any dead human body any act of sexual penetration . . . “
Desecration of a human body in Utah is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, which is half of the incarceration time of Michigan law.
Mental health check
Little information has been provided regarding Scott or his mental health upon and after his arrest, however the judge over the case has ordered he undergo a psych evaluation. Anyone facing charges that could have been sparked by a mental health episode are encouraged to seek immediate guidance from a qualified attorney.