Aaron Thorup, Deseret News

The faces of Utah's 2012 homicide victims are haunting.

From a 1-month-old baby shaken to death, to a 6-year-old girl kidnapped from her home and raped, to an 84-year-old woman stabbed dozens of times allegedly by one of her 13 grandchildren who called her "Honey," the victims represent a wide spectrum of Utahns.

The Deseret News list of Utah homicides does not include those who were killed by police officers or automobile homicides, which are generally classified separately. The list does include one suicide because it was charged as a homicide after prosecutors say a man provided a gun to a suicidal woman who then shot herself in Emery County.

Read more: Domestic violence behind many of Utah's 2012 homicides

Jared Francom
Ogden City Police Department

OGDEN, Jan. 5 — Ogden police officer Jared Francom, 30, was shot and killed while serving a search warrant with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force at 3268 Jackson Ave. Five other officers were shot and injured during the melee. Matthew David Stewart, 38, was charged with capital murder and numerous other crimes. He claims he was groggy and thought someone was breaking into his home when he opened fire. Police claim he'd told a girlfriend that if officers ever tried to raid his home-grown marijuana operation, he'd "go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill." No trial date has been set.

Alleged motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Kerry Brown

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Jan. 24 — The death of Kerry Brown, 42, was initially deemed suspicious by police after the man was found unconscious and critically injured Jan. 19 following a fight near 100 E. Louise Ave. Brown suffered extensive head trauma and was taken to a local hospital, where he died a few days later. Police arrested Tristan Hamel, 20, who lived nearby, for investigation of aggravated assault. Prosecutors declined to file charges against Hamel. Police said Brown was intoxicated and was the aggressor. Hamel punched him once and Brown fell and hit his head.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Assault.

Carlos Peney Mose
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HALCHITA, San Juan County, Jan. 28 — Carlos Peney Mose, 35, a photographer and tour guide, was killed in a shooting incident. Michelle Davida Harvey, 28, was charged in federal court with murder. Prosecutors allege Harvey used a .22-caliber handgun but provided no additional details about what happened. Trial is set to begin Jan. 28.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Trenton Hall

AMERICAN FORK, Jan. 28 — Trenton Hall, 35, was hit in the head outside of a bar and died. Eon Clayton McNeill, 24, of American Fork, was charged with manslaughter in the death. Hall had been removed from Le Sabre bar for being intoxicated and being problematic. McNeill, reportedly irritated at Hall's behavior, followed him into the parking lot and allegedly punched him in the head. Hall's head struck the pavement and cracked his skull. Hall died Feb. 4.

Alleged motive: Fight.

Method: Assault.

Victor Flores
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

ROY, Feb. 9 — The body of Victor Flores, 25, was found buried in the backyard of the home of Sarah Munn, 31. Flores was last seen in Layton area the previous May with Daniel Rivera, who is the father of three of Munn's children. Rivera rented a tractor to dig a hole in Munn's backyard, 3812 W. 4550 South, allegedly for a trampoline. Munn was later arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. No arrests have been made in Flores' death. Flores, who died from a single stab wound,  had arrived in Utah a few days earlier seeking a construction job.

Alleged motive: Unknown.

Method: Stabbing.

Michael Dunn

BOUNTIFUL, Feb. 21 — Michael Dunn, 52, died after he was allegedly stabbed by his girlfriend, Shannon Sander, 44. Police said the couple had been arguing throughout the day at Dunn's apartment, 2520 S. 500 West, when Sander took a kitchen knife and stabbed Dunn in the chest. The woman then went to a neighbor and told him enough to prompt him to call 911. Dunn was found unresponsive, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Alleged motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Stabbing.

Armando Martinez Jr.

SPRINGVILLE, March 1 — Armando Martinez Jr., 31, of Provo, was shot and killed after breaking into a home at 763 S. 475 East. Police said Martinez had walked through the neighborhood, checking for unlocked doors, before entering the house through a sliding back door. After Martinez changed out of his wet clothes and into some he found folded on a couch, he made a snack, then entered the master bedroom and threatened the couple sleeping there, saying he had a gun. He demanded that they retrieve their wallets and keys and drive him to an ATM. Homeowner Doug Yarrington walked into a closet under the guise of getting ready to leave, took a 9mm handgun from the closet and shot Martinez once in the chest. Yarrington, his wife and three small children inside the home were uninjured. The shooting was determined to be legally justified.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Shooting.

Anne Kasprzak

DRAPER, March 11 — The body of Anne Kasprzak, 15, of Riverton, was pulled from the Jordan River near 12600 South after police responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area earlier in the day. Investigators believe she was assaulted, then taken to the parkway trail and dumped in the river. Although Daniel Robert Lehi Ferry, 32, and Veanuia Vehekite, 30, were arrested for investigation of murder, no official charges have been filed in her death. Police originally said Ferry killed Kasprzak after she refused to have sex with him and Vehekite "was an active participant in her murder." Ferry is in prison on unrelated drug and kidnapping charges and won't have a parole hearing until 2022. That kidnapping occurred the same night Kasprzak was killed. A private investigator hired by Ferry said police arrested his client after mistaking information from one case as being connected with the other. Charges against Vehekite from an unrelated March 12 burglary and assault were dismissed in October.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Assault.

Steven Chavez

SALT LAKE CITY, March 14 — Steven Guadalupe Chavez, 26, was killed in a shooting inside CJ's Smoke Shop, 876 W. 800 South. Yelfris Sosa-Hurtado, 26, and Vladimir Suarez-Campos, 38, have both been ordered to stand trial on murder charges. According to court documents, Chavez and Sosa-Hurtado got into an altercation following an incident involving Sosa-Hurtado and Chavez's father. Sosa-Hurtado is accused of leaving the area, only to return with a gun and open fire. Suarez-Campos allegedly drove Sosa-Hurtado to and from the smoke shop.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Shooting.

Virginia Hansen
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

WEST JORDAN, March 21 — Both Virginia Hansen, 18, and her mother, Mary, 53, made a suicide pact and "wanted to die," court documents say, but only the younger Hansen was killed. Mary Hansen allegedly shot and killed her daughter before turning the gun on herself at their home at 8366 Bard Lane (1320 West). An injured Mary Hansen then drove to a neighbor's home and asked her neighbor to call 911. She has since been charged with murder. A mental competency review hearing is set for Jan. 16.

Alleged motive: Suicide pact.

Method: Shooting.

Adria Jordan Parker and daughter Eliza Kate Parker

9 and 10. CENTRAL, Washington County, March 22 — Landon S. Jorgensen, 24, shot and killed Adria Jordan Parker, 25, and her 5-year-old daughter, Eliza Kate Parker, before shooting and killing himself. They had all been living together in Parker's home at 176 S. Valley View Drive and apparently argued often. Exactly what prompted this violence by Jorgensen, a former U.S. Marine and gun enthusiast, is unknown.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Shantelle Reid

MURRAY, April 8 — A shooting that left Shantelle Reid, 25, dead also evolved into an officer-involved shooting incident. Reid and her boyfriend, Ryan Robinson, 31, got into an argument at his parents' house, 6340 S. 725 East, that escalated when the man allegedly shot Reid in the head. Police were called and located Robinson, but the man refused to drop his weapon and eventually pointed it at one officer, prompting the officer to shoot him. He has since been ordered to stand trial for murder and other charges. Police had been to the house earlier that day following a fight, but were told everything was fine. Family members say she'd considered moving out but Robinson allegedly threatened to kill her and anyone who would help her leave.

Alleged motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Shooting.

Ryan Douglas Patrick

PRICE, May 4 — Ryan Douglas Patrick, 32, was fatally stabbed during a fight in the driveway of a home at 390 N. 100 East. Jordan Wilcox, 21, was arrested, but said Patrick had threatened his life and he was just defending himself. Police say Patrick had borrowed Wilcox's car earlier that day and then threatened to kill Wilcox when he returned the car, but Wilcox drove away to cool off and began cleaning out the vehicle. He said he discovered two knives in the car and was still inside it when Patrick returned. Prosecutors concluded he acted in self-defense and declined to file charges.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Stabbing.

Alvert John Mike
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

MURRAY, May 19 — Alvert John Mike, 21, was killed in a gang-related shooting at a house party at 6613 S. 630 West. A number of Surenos gang members were at the party when a group of rival Nortenos gang members arrived, including Mike. An argument broke out between Mike and Jonas Rodriguez Perez, 28, a known Surenos associate. The argument escalated until Perez shot Mike, killing him. Mike was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced Jan. 15.

Motive: Gang-related.

Method: Shooting.

Cameron Bryce Charlton
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YUBA LAKE, Juab County, May 28 — Cameron Bryce Charlton, 17, of Hooper, was shot and killed while camping with family and friends at Yuba Lake for Memorial Day. All had been drinking around a campfire when his brother, who had been using a firearm to demonstrate techniques, accidentally shot him in the head. Prosecutors decided Eric Wayne Charlton, 27, was reckless while handling a firearm and charged him with manslaughter. A judge later reduced the charge to negligent homicide, to which Eric Charlton pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to two years' probation.

Motive: Negligence.

Method: Shooting.

Sierra Newbold
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WEST JORDAN, June 26 — The body of Sierra Newbold, 6, was found in a canal near her home at 2383 W. 7095 South. She had been taken from her home, sexually assaulted, strangled and then drowned. A home security camera showed someone carrying something from the girl's home around 3:13 a.m. A search for the suspect lasted three days until Terry Lee Black, 41, who lives in the young girl's West Jordan neighborhood, was arrested following an attempted bank robbery. Black was charged with capital murder, child kidnapping and rape of a child. He was also charged with sexually abusing an 11- or 12-year-old friend of his daughter when she slept overnight at his apartment.

Alleged motive: Unknown.

Method: Strangulation.

Brendon Saunders

SANDY, June 30 — Brendon Saunders, 41, was shot and killed after crashing through the door of his ex-wife's apartment at 9551 Brandy Spring Lane after learning she was there with Priest Jemelle Mitchell. Mitchell, 35, fired several rounds from a handgun, killing Saunders as he lunged through the door. Prosecutors determined the shooting was legally justified.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Shooting.

William KC Wright

PAYSON, July 4 — William KC Wright, 36, was fatally stabbed after apparently refusing to allow an underage person to attend a party at his house, 644 N. 700 East. The juvenile left and returned with his older cousin, who police say confronted Wright and stabbed him twice. Keenan Thompson, 25, of Spanish Fork, was charged with murder.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Stabbing.

Antonio Vasquez

SALT LAKE CITY, July 28 — Antonio Vasquez, 33, was shot and killed at 440 N. Grant Street. Vasquez and Lee Otero were visiting the parents of Michael Eugene Vigil, 36, when Vigil returned home and allegedly shot Vasquez and Otero following a verbal dispute. Prosecutors say after shooting Otero, he chased after him, firing more rounds as he went. Vasquez was found dead in the yard. The shooting occurred in front of the home in view of several witnesses, including children. An 8-year-old received a minor leg injury, likely from shrapnel from the gunfire. Vigil is charged with aggravated murder and other charges.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Shooting.

A'Lisa Weston

FERRON, Emery County, July 28 — Randy John Behling was charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment for providing a loaded handgun to A'Lisa Weston, 22, who was intoxicated and shot herself in his home where four children were sleeping. Behling told detectives he was also drunk when the woman came to his house and threatened to kill herself. He told police he retrieved a .40-caliber handgun and told her "to go ahead and do it," but later claimed she grabbed it from him. He also said he then chased her and told her not to shoot herself before she did. He pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment and will be sentenced Jan. 15.

Motive: Negligence.

Method: Shooting.

Kaleb Yazzie

SALT LAKE CITY, July 31 — Kaleb Yazzie, 22, went to a party at 31 Girard Ave., the home of Adam and Ammon Karr, and was told to leave by Ammon Karr. Yazzie later returned to get his liquor and a fight broke out. During the fight, Adam Karr allegedly struck Yazzie several times in the chest with a knife. After being stabbed, Yazzie walked off the porch and collapsed on the ground. Prosecutors say Stephen Thomason, 17, who was staying at the Karr residence, dragged Yazzie's body down the road to an alley and stomped on his head and left him there. He pleaded no contest in juvenile court to manslaughter and is under state jurisdiction until he is 21. Adam Karr was charged with murder; Ammon Karr with aggravated assault.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Stabbing.

Paul Giovale, Simon Vasquez
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SANDY, Aug. 5 — Paul J. Giovale, 41, was killed and two others wounded during a shootout among people who had gathered in a garage at 80 E. 8640 South following some kind of argument. One of those who was wounded, Simon Vasquez, 40, died of his injuries on Aug. 8. Alex Vasquez, 24, was arrested for investigation of murder. Prosecutors are expected to decide whether to file charges by Jan. 7. Family members said Simon Vasquez was shot in the neck and paralyzed, then died days later. His girlfriend was shot in the arm. Both were reportedly caught in the crossfire between Giovale and Alex Vasquez, who is Simon Vasquez's nephew and apparently lived part time in the house where the shooting occurred. As many as a dozen shots were fired. Alex Vasquez was on parole and sent back to the Utah State Prison on a parole violation.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Shootings.

Jack Roger Morris
Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

CARBONVILLE, Carbon County, Aug. 18 — Jack Roger Morris, 50, was allegedly shot and killed by his brother, Kurt Alan Morris, 55. Jack Morris' body wasn't discovered until Sept. 4, when deputies responded to a call at a mobile home the men shared after a neighbor reported that a hose was strung from the tailpipe of an idling pickup truck into the home. A deputy found Kurt Morris unresponsive on a bedroom floor. After he was revived, Kurt Morris said he was alone, but later said his brother was inside. Jack Morris was found in a room sealed off by a plastic sheet and duct tape. He had been shot three times in the head. Kurt Morris told police he had terminal cancer and had developed an addiction to prescription painkillers, prosecutors said. Jack Morris had helped Kurt Morris get the medications, but the brothers had a falling out of some kind and Jack Morris planned to move out of the area. Prosecutors believe Kurt Morris became angry and shot his brother.

Alleged motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Shooting.

Michael Robert Workman

HOLLADAY, Aug. 23 — Sandy resident Michael Robert Workman, 25, was stabbed and killed in a parking lot at 4930 S. Westmoor Road (1730 East). The incident began as a fight between Workman and Ryan Gordon Curtz, 18, who was joined in the fight by Austin Scott Taylor, 21. Talon Levi Hamann, 18, allegedly jumped in and stabbed Workman several times. He was charged with murder. Curtz and Taylor each pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and assault and were sentenced to three years' probation. They said they did not realize that Hamann had a knife during the fight.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Stabbing.

Theodore Torres

DRAPER, Aug. 24 — Mijail Alejandro Russell-Torres called emergency services claiming his 1-month-old son, Theodore Jaime Torres, had drowned while he was bathing him in his Pinnacle Way home. Police and paramedics responded to his call for help. The baby was not breathing when he was transported to a hospital by medical helicopter. Doctors later reported that the baby was showing signs of shaken-baby syndrome, but showed no signs of drowning. Russell-Torres pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide and will be sentenced Jan. 22.

Motive: Child abuse.

Method: Shaking.

Kenyatta Winston

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 26 — The body of Kenyatta Winston, 16, was found dumped in a vacant lot at 1120 E. Crandall Ave. (2900 South) on Aug. 29. He was last seen alive earlier that day getting in a vehicle with David Montes, 21. Montes and Frank Paul Reyos, 31, allegedly took Winston to the vacant lot. Montes waited in the car as "Frank and Kenyatta walked to the secluded area where Kenyatta's body was later found. Only Frank Reyos returned, and David drove away immediately," court records state. Montes was later seen allegedly wearing a pair of Winston's shoes. Both are charged with murder. Winston, a former East High student, was attending the Horizonte Trade School. Jessica Reyos, 38, Brittney Montano, 21, and Natasha Alvarado, 33, were each charged with obstructing justice in the case.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Justen LeFave

MIDVALE, Aug. 26 — Justen Len LeFave, 31, was shot in the neck and killed in what prosecutors believe was an attempted robbery. Police said LeFave was shot just before 5:30 a.m. at the Wasatch Club Apartments, 6999 S. State, after he opened the door to his apartment. A man and two women were at the door. Following a brief conversation, the man shot LeFave in the entryway. Abegail Jennings, 35, knew LeFave from living in the same complex and is charged with conspiring with three others to steal marijuana LeFave allegedly sold. Gabriel Samson Gurule, 34, Alexis Kelley Hughes, 25, and Amy Virginia Rowley, 35, have been charged with murder in LeFave's death.

Alleged motive: Robbery.

Method: Shooting.

James Michael George
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WEST VALLEY CITY, Sept. 13 — James Michael George, 52, was shot multiple times and killed at his house following an argument with his teenage stepson. Rosco Dewayne Brackett, who was 16 at the time, was charged as an adult with murder, obstructing justice and illegal discharge of a firearm. He allegedly walked away from the argument to get a handgun and fired a shot that missed George. Police say he fired another shot that hit his stepfather in the head, then shot him repeatedly after he fell to the floor.

Alleged motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Shooting.

Tracy Ellen Little

CEDAR CITY, Sept. 20 — Tracy Ellen Little, 47, was found in her home at 1597 N. Cedar Blvd. suffering trauma and multiple fractures to her face and head on Sept. 9. She died Sept. 20. Her live-in boyfriend, Kerry Lynn Richardson, 50, was originally charged with aggravated assault but was later charged with murder. Richardson told police the couple smoked methamphetamine together before she died and that he believed she was having an affair.

Alleged motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Assault.

Johnny Rosales
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KAYSVILLE, Sept. 21 — Johnny Rosales, 47, was killed after getting into a gun fight at the Francis Peak View apartment complex, 600 W. Mutton Hollow Road. Rosales had gotten into an argument with Steve Bailey, 51, a maintenance worker at the complex and shot him six times. After Bailey was shot, two others — an apartment resident and one of Bailey's co-workers — fired on Rosales. He returned to his apartment, where he was found dead. No arrests have been made.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Alida Dalton

TAYLORSVILLE, Sept. 22 — Alida Dalton, 28, was shot and killed by her live-in boyfriend, who later fled their home and killed himself on the playground of a nearby school. The two had been arguing in their home, 3000 S. Valley Heights Drive, which prompted a roommate to call police fearing for her safety. Police arrived at the scene and heard a gunshot, which led them to the body of Zak Cabell, 30, at Arcadia Elementary.

Motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Shooting.

Joyce Dexter

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 3 — Joyce Dexter, 84, was stabbed 111 times in her Avenues home at 310 J St. Her grandson, Zachary Cole Weston, 21, was charged with aggravated murder. Family members have reported that Weston suffered from a mental illness. He had also been involved in other violent episodes leading up to his grandmother's death, including attacking a worker at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute at University Hospital. A review of Weston's competency is scheduled for March 25.

Alleged motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Stabbing.

Alfred Montoya
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SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17 — Alfred Montoya, 62, started a fight at the Smith's Express gas station at 873 E. South Temple, with another man. Montoya was struck in the head during the fight and fell to the ground. He later died at a local hospital. No arrests have been made in the case.

Motive: Argument.

Method: Assault.

Marnie Stark

OGDEN, Oct. 20 — Marnie Stark, 38, was beaten to death in her home at 1390 Douglas Ave. Her live-in boyfriend, Jeffrey Dene White, 43, was arrested and later charged with murder and domestic violence in the presence of a child. White's two children, ages 5 and 6, were in the house at the time of the attack. Stark's mother said family members had warned her to leave the abusive relationship. Less than a month after his arrest, White committed suicide in the Weber County Jail.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Assault.

Jennifer Brackenbury

OREM, Oct. 23 — Jennifer Brackenbury, 44, was stabbed multiple times and found dead in her home at 155 S. 1200 West. Her live-in boyfriend, Steven Gray, 43, turned himself over to police in Yakima, Wash., where he used to be an informant. Court documents indicate he admitted to stabbing Brackenbury multiple times. Other court documents stated that Gray told detectives he cleaned up the blood and threw the knife in the kitchen sink before driving to Washington. Orem police believe the killing may have happened between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23. He was extradited back to Utah where he was charged with aggravated murder, object rape, desecration of a dead body and other charges.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Stabbing.

Valentin Sigala, Jr.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 28 — Valentin Sigala, Jr., 20, was shot and killed at 1093 S. Glendale Drive (1350 West). The shooting was reportedly the culmination of an argument that broke out between various people at a party. At one point, police say Phillip James Lucero, 22, pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot Sigala once in the chest. He was charged with murder and surrendered to police a day later.

Alleged motive: Argument.

Method: Shooting.

Madelin Benson

WASHINGTON, Washington County, Oct. 31 — Madelin Benson, 76, was beaten to death with a hammer in her home, 2188 S. Alamosa Drive. Her husband, David Keith Benson, 76, was charged with murder. Benson "kept saying he didn't know why he did it," court documents state. Police also noted that Benson was "having continual homicidal thoughts toward others and toward himself." She had 27 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Alleged motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Assault with hammer.

Joshua Pratt Hooper

MANNING CANYON, Nov. 3 — Joshua Pratt Hooper, 24, was accidentally shot and killed in Manning Canyon in the Oquirrh Mountains in west Utah County. Hooper was target shooting with family members when the accident happened. Police only said that "a person who was preparing to take a shot had an 'unexpected incident' and accidentally shot one of the other members of the group."

Motive: Accident.

Method: Shooting.

Ann Marie Jensen
Mike Radice, Deseret News

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Nov. 4 — Ann Marie Jensen, 43, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body in her apartment at 2389 S. 300 East. Police have no suspects or motive.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Jessica Lucero

SYRACUSE, Nov. 5 — Jessica Lucero, 39, was shot and killed inside her home at 903 S. 2125 West. Police believe her husband, Gary Lucero, 41, shot and killed his wife with a handgun before taking his own life. Neighbors said the Luceros were well-known and respected in the community and involved in youth sports. Both were civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base. Friends say the couple had three children, two of whom were adults and had moved away. Their youngest child lived at home.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

John L. Palm

TAYLORSVILLE, Nov. 5 — John L. Palm, 63, died after being stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife in his home, 2141 W. Rebecca Ann Circle (6570 South). Before his condition deteriorated, Palm allegedly told police that his stepson had stabbed him. Doneral Dalton, 30, was charged with murder. He told officers his stepfather had ordered him to leave the house and said Palm was stabbed during a struggle. Dalton had a history of domestic violence against Palm. He is also charged with burglary and violating a protective order the month before.

Alleged motive: Domestic argument.

Method: Stabbing.

Agoth Balbeck
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SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8 — Agoth Balbeck, 36, was assaulted in 2006 and died this year, in part from injuries he sustained years earlier. Because of that, the case is being treated as a homicide and was reopened. The fight between him and an unknown man occurred June 10, 2006, at 625 S. Redwood Road. Balbeck was knocked unconscious and went into a coma. He was sent to a long-term care facility where he died years later. Police say he never recovered enough so that investigators could question him. No arrests were made and officers have no suspects.

Motive: Argument.

Method: Assault.

Dustin D. Hoffman
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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Nov. 9 — Dustin D. Hoffman, 27, of Bakersfield, Calif., was stabbed twice in the chest and died from wounds that punctured his heart and lung during a fight outside Southern Exposure, 3420 S. State. Security guard Brandon Melendez, 29, was also stabbed and hospitalized. Witnesses said they saw Isaac Anthony Gallegos, 44, with a knife and a police reported said he was "involved in gang fight" when he stabbed two people. Gallegos was charged with murder, aggravated assault and obstructing justice.

Alleged motive: Argument, possibly gang-related.

Method: Stabbing.

Jeff Vern Jensen

PAYSON, Nov. 23 — Jeff Vern Jensen, 28, of Payson, was shot and killed in an alleged drug deal that turned into a robbery. Police say Stephan Sutton, 26, and Chaelisa Nielsen, 20, arranged to buy pills from Jensen, as they had apparently done before. This time, the couple planned to rob him so they could have cash for Christmas and buy a ring for Nielsen, prosecutors said. Jensen approached the vehicle and Sutton allegedly put a shotgun barrel to Jensen's chest. Jensen was shot at the encouragement of Nielsen, charges state. Sutton later told police the shooting was in self-defense. Both Sutton and Nielsen were charged with aggravated murder, conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.

Alleged motive: Robbery.

Method: Shooting.

Zita Gruodis
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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Nov. 26 — Zita Gruodis, 58, was found dead of multiple stab wounds in the bed of her home at 7941 Chadbourne Drive (3350 East). Investigators believe she had been dead a day or two before her body was discovered. Her daughter, Airida Maria Gruodis, 36, was arrested but no charges have been filed against her. The case is still under investigation. Police said there was a long history of domestic violence between the mother and daughter as well as a history of mental illness with Airida Gruodis. She allegedly told police she had been off her medication, which usually results in "bad things happening."

Alleged motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Stabbing.

Alice Griego and Ralph J. Salazar

GRANITE, Dec. 14 — The burned bodies of Alice Griego, 55, and Ralph J. Salazar, 59, were found inside the master bedroom at 2811 E. Ksel Drive (9420 South). An autopsy determined both died from gunshot wounds. Their bodies were found on a bed that was intentionally set on fire, according to investigators. Salazar was the owner of the house in unincorporated Salt Lake County. Griego worked at a bakery at a local Smith's for many years. Police have not named any suspects.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

James Mitchell
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HELPER, Carbon County, Dec. 23 — James Mitchell, 31, was shot and killed after police say Jeromie Bunch, 30, of Helper, walked from his residence to the home of his estranged wife a few blocks away at 118 Bryner St. Once there, investigators said he confronted Mitchell on the back porch and shot him with a handgun. Bunch then fled into a garage on the property and killed himself. Five children were in the home at the time — Mitchell's three young daughters and the Bunches' two sons. Bunch's wife protected them by gathering them into a room to keep them safe, police said.

Motive: Jealousy.

Method: Shooting.