About half of Utah's homicides during 2013 occurred between family members or those in personal relationships. These are snapshots of the approximately 50 homicides that occurred this past year.

Utah homicides: Questions in many 2013 cases may never be answered

Theodore Beehakis

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 4 — Two men were found dead in their home as a result of a murder-suicide. Andre Pappas, 70, shot his roommate and partner, Theodore Beehakis, 67, before shooting himself inside their home at 1011 S. 400 East. Police said both men were battling “significant health issues.”

Motive: Health, domestic.

Method: Shooting.

David Urrutia

FORT DUCHESNE, Uintah County, Jan. 7 — Sheriff's deputies were called to the Country Village trailer park for a welfare check. Inside, they found the body of David Urrutia, 38, of Fort Duchesne. Investigators believe he was hit in the head with a metal bar, likely while in bed or on the couch. Urrutia’s cousin, Jose Eduardo Leiva-Perez, 34, was later arrested in California and charged with murder.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Assault.

Kelly Fay Simons

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 9 — Kelly Fay Simons, 38, was shot and killed by detective Joe Sutera of the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team as she tried to flee from police near Liberty Park, 974 S. 740 East. Law enforcement officers believed she was one of two women involved in a robbery and shootout with Murray police on Jan. 5.

The shooting was determined to be legally justified because she "posed a threat … if her apprehension was delayed."

Iris Rodriguez

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 8 — Iris Rodriguez, 32, and Felipe Rodriguez, 37, of Salt Lake City, were found dead inside their vehicle on an I-80 off-ramp near Redwood Road in an apparent murder-suicide. Felipe Rodriguez, a passenger, shot the driver in the head and then shot himself, investigators said. The couple had been married 14 years and had a 13-year-old daughter.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Shaniel Kaye Donaldson

PRICE, Feb. 10 — Shaniel Kaye Donaldson, 32, was shot and killed by her husband, David Scott Donaldson, 37, who then took his own life in their home near 300 South and 600 West. The husband called police about 3 a.m. to report he had shot his wife and planned to shoot himself. Four children were in the home at the time. In 2006, the wife filed a protective order against her husband, but it was dismissed.

Motive: Depression, health, domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Omar Jarman

MIDVALE, Feb. 12 — Omar Jarman, 35, Shontay Young, 34, and Danielle Lucero, 26, were all killed in a shooting at 8286 S. Adams St. (450 West). A fourth woman was also shot during the incident. Police say the home was a “known drug house.” David Fresques, a documented gang member, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder.

Alleged motive: Unknown, possibly drugs.

Method: Shooting.

Shontay Young

MIDVALE, Feb. 12 — Omar Jarman, 35, Shontay Young, 34, and Danielle Lucero, 26, were all killed in a shooting at 8286 S. Adams St. (450 West). A fourth woman was also shot during the incident. Police say the home was a “known drug house.” David Fresques, a documented gang member, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder.

Alleged motive: Unknown, possibly drugs.

Method: Shooting.

Danielle Lucero

MIDVALE, Feb. 12 — Omar Jarman, 35, Shontay Young, 34, and Danielle Lucero, 26, were all killed in a shooting at 8286 S. Adams St. (450 West). A fourth woman was also shot during the incident. Police say the home was a “known drug house.” David Fresques, a documented gang member, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder.

Alleged motive: Unknown, possibly drugs.

Method: Shooting.

Diann Bailey

CEDAR CITY, Feb. 15 — Jeffery Lane Hardy, 52, and Diann Bailey, 59, were both shot at 386 N. 400 West. Hardy was found dead and Bailey died five days later. Homeowner Thad Robertson, 54, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Neighbors reported that he and Bailey had dated. Police say Robertson called his daughter, told her that he was suicidal, "had done something stupid" and used a gun "as a scare tactic."

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Jeffery Lane Hardy

CEDAR CITY, Feb. 15 — Jeffery Lane Hardy, 52, and Diann Bailey, 59, were both shot at 386 N. 400 West. Hardy was found dead and Bailey died five days later. Homeowner Thad Robertson, 54, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Neighbors reported that he and Bailey had dated. Police say Robertson called his daughter, told her that he was suicidal, "had done something stupid" and used a gun "as a scare tactic."

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Jeremy Shawn Olsen

ST. GEORGE, Feb. 16. — Jeremy Shawn Olsen, 31, suffered a severe head injury in the 1000 North block of 1340 West on Feb. 15 and died the next day. Mario Antoine Lucero, 32, was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with murder and assault in Olsen's death. Prosecutors say he has a history of domestic assault.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Assault.

Brett Max Knight

KAYSVILLE, Feb. 25 — Brett Max Knight, 33, was shot and killed on I-15 near Kaysville after leading police on a chase from Lehi. He was wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Draper. Four officers — including three deputies from the Utah County Sheriff's Office — opened fire, striking Knight multiple times after he refused to drop his gun and used it in a threatening manner, investigators said.

Jesus Lucena Velez

WEST VALLEY CITY, March 10 — Jesus Lucena Velez, 42, was shot at least six times and killed at 2363 S. Redwood Road. The shooting is believed to have been sparked by an argument. The next day, police arrested Roberto Tolajo Romero, 60. Witnesses reported hearing a man say, "I told you not to mess with me," during the gunshots. Romero, who was living illegally in the U.S., was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to consecutive terms of one to 15 years in prison.

Motive: Anger.

Method: Shooting.

Ronald Manuel Ontiveros

SALT LAKE CITY, March 19 — Ronald Manuel Ontiveros, 37, was shot by Joint Criminal Apprehension Team officers attempting to track down a fugitive named James McIff. Ontiveros, who was outside the home where McIff was believed to be staying, pulled a gun and fired at least one shot at officers as they approached the house. Deputy U.S. marshals Mark Thomson, Bobby Arnes and Jamie Ziegler as well as Unified police officer Aaron Lavin and Syracuse Police Sgt. Lance Jensen fired 43 rounds between them. Ontiveros was hit in the foot and the head and later died. The officers' actions were ruled legally justified.

Teresa Scott

SALEM, March 23 — Teresa Scott, 45, was shot three times and killed in her Salem home near 300 South and 400 East. Police said her husband, Tracy Scott, called dispatchers and said he'd shot his wife and she was dead. He is charged with murder. Witnesses testified that Tracy Scott told police his wife was going to take a picture of him and he “just snapped.” Police said the two had been involved in an "ongoing dispute" for weeks.

Alleged motive: Domestic dispute.

Method: Shooting.

Gregorio Salazar Campos

MOAB, March 25 — Gregorio Salazar Campos, 33, was shot and killed and his body dumped in the Colorado River. Two 16-year-olds, Brody Blu Kruckenberg and Charles Anthony Nelson, were arrested and charged as adults with murder. Campos was dating Kruckenberg's mother, Corina Yardley. Though Nelson initially told others he had killed Campos, detectives determined that Kruckenberg was the shooter. Investigators said other adults pressured Kruckenberg to commit the crime and that Campos had given the boy drugs and was grooming him to sell them. Both teens eventually pleaded guilty in juvenile court. Kruckenberg pleaded to manslaughter and obstruction of justice and was ordered to be held behind bars until he turns 21. Nelson pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and was sentenced to secure confinement. A probation board will determine how long. Yardley pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing justice and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Motive: Domestic dispute, drugs.

Method: Shooting.

Cody Ramseyer

WILLARD, Box Elder County, March 29 — Cody Ramseyer, 49, was shot and killed by police on I-15 near Willard after leading them on a high-speed chase through Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties and crashing into a ditch. Ramseyer reportedly told police he had a gun, threatened them and asked to be shot.

An investigation determined that Willard Police Chief Nate Thompson was justified in shooting him when he believed another officer was in danger.

Ryker Petersen

AMERICAN FORK, April 5 — Ryker Petersen, 5 months, was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle by his father, Joshua Petersen, who then tried to kill himself in his home at 582 N. 500 East. The man’s attorney said he suffered from depression and had decided to leave this world with what mattered most to him — his son. He had just broken up with the child's mother. Petersen, 22, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Motive: Depression, domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Aarron Olvera

PANGUITCH, April 8 — Aarron Olvera, 40, of Arizona, and his father, psychologist Dennis Olvera, 65, of Indiana, were found dead in a remote area of the Canyonlands Maze, 65 miles away from the nearest paved road. Each suffered a single gunshot to the head, and a weapon was recovered from the scene. Investigators later determined that the father's death was a suicide, but a medical examiner said the son's injury was "inconsistent with a suicide wound but not impossible." The case was closed without a conclusion about the son's death.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Sione Fakatoufifita

SALT LAKE CITY, April 13 — Sione Fakatoufifita, 19, was shot and killed outside a Maverik convenience store, 1680 S. Redwood Road. Vilisoni Tuino Angilau, 20, was charged with murder and obstructing justice. Police say Angilau and other members of the Tongan Crip Gang pursued Fakatoufifita, a member of the rival Baby Regulator Gang, through Glendale neighborhoods before shooting him multiple times and leaving him for dead.

Alleged motive:

Gangs. Method: Shooting.

Toni Lyn Cavagnaro

OAKLEY, Summit County, April 13 — Toni Lyn Cavagnaro, 40, and Sean Thomas Kenealey, 45, were found dead Aug. 14 in a garage in their home at 4452 N. state Route 32. Detectives believe Kenealey shot and killed Cavagnaro as she was packing her belongings into her car before turning the gun on himself. The couple had been together for 10 years and she was moving out. Each victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Motive: Domestic dispute.

Method: Shooting.

Maxine Langston

18. MILLCREEK, April 15 — Maxine Langston, 78, died from injuries she received from a May 2012 assault during an apparent home invasion robbery. Two men and a woman broke into her home, 3762 Red Maple Road (760 East), and assaulted Langston. She remained in a care center after the attack until she died. Investigators do not know if the attack was random or if she was targeted. Her son, 52, and roommate, 31, were also in the house at the time but were not seriously injured. Unified police are still following leads.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Beating.

Rolando Cardona-Gueton

GUNNISON, April 20 — Rolando Cardona-Gueton, 62, was found dead in his prison cell, where he was serving time for drug possession with intent to distribute. Inmate Steven Crutcher, 32, was charged with aggravated murder for allegedly strangling Cardona-Gueton with strips of a bedsheet that were woven together. Crutcher was already serving a 10-years-to-life sentence for kidnapping an Iron County Jail officer. Prosecutors say the killing may have had some kind of racial motivations. The two had only been cellmates for a short time.

Alleged motive: Race.

Method: Strangling.

Elvis Zachary Olsen

FORT DUCHESNE, Uintah County, April 21 — Elvis Zachary Olsen, 22, was found shot in the chest and face in a field north of a home near 6500 East and 1600 North. Jesse Anthony Saenz was charged with murder. Saenz, 23, was out on bail for allegedly slapping, choking and sexually assaulting a woman he didn't know when investigators say he killed Olsen, whom he had befriended in jail.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Ricardo Portillo

TAYLORSVILLE, May 4 — Ricardo Portillo, 46, died a week after he was punched by 17-year-old Jose Domingo Teran. Portillo was refereeing a youth soccer match at 4351 S. Redwood Road on April 27 when he called a foul against Teran, a goalie. After issuing him a yellow card, the teen responded by punching Portillo "in the rear jaw area with a closed fist." Teran said he was "frustrated" and hit the referee. Doctors determined that Portillo suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in a coma for a week before he died. Teran pleaded guilty to homicide by assault and was sentenced to a juvenile prison until he turns 21.

Motive: Anger.

Method: Assault.

Alex Vidinhar

WEST POINT, May 22 — Alex Vidinhar, 10, and Benjie Vidinhar, 4, were found dead in their home, 120 S. 1660 West, with stab wounds. They had been left in the care of their 15-year-old brother while their mother and sisters were at a dance recital. The teen is charged as a juvenile with two counts of murder but prosecutors are seeking to have him tried as an adult. The boys' father said emotional or mental health issues played a role in the killings. In November, a judge ruled that statements the teen made to Davis County sheriff's investigators will be suppressed because his Miranda rights were ignored.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Stabbing.

Benjie Vidinhar

WEST POINT, May 22 — Alex Vidinhar, 10, and Benjie Vidinhar, 4, were found dead in their home, 120 S. 1660 West, with stab wounds. They had been left in the care of their 15-year-old brother while their mother and sisters were at a dance recital. The teen is charged as a juvenile with two counts of murder but prosecutors are seeking to have him tried as an adult. The boys' father said emotional or mental health issues played a role in the killings. In November, a judge ruled that statements the teen made to Davis County sheriff's investigators will be suppressed because his Miranda rights were ignored.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Stabbing.

Jeff Foote

WASHINGTON TERRACE, Weber County, May 25 — Jeff Foote, 39, was shot and killed by police outside his parents' home after threatening to kill himself and firing a handgun at deputies. Investigators say he discussed "suicide by cop" with responding officers before firing his weapon.

The actions of Weber County sheriff's deputy John Millaway were determined to be justified.

Chanse Drew

SPANISH FORK, June 9 — Police say Bryson Drew, 21, killed his 2-year-old son, Chanse Drew, before killing himself inside a home at 826 S. Fox Hill Drive. The child was found in a bedroom on the main floor with blunt force trauma injuries. The boy's father was found in the basement of the home with a single gunshot wound to the head. A suicide note was found, but it didn't offer an explanation for the deaths. Family members said there may have been an accident, or perhaps the father and son's love of horseplay may have gotten out of hand.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Assault.

Arla "Caroline" Christensen

SANDY, June 20 — Arla "Caroline" Christensen, 85, was strangled and beaten with a golf club at her home, 10164 S. Bannor Hill Road. Her granddaughter's husband, Kevin David Cuillard, 41, is charged with murder. Police say Cuillard, who lived in the home, had a "psychotic episode." His wife told police her husband had not been sleeping in recent days or taking his medication.

Alleged motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Assault, strangulation.

Melvin Rowley

OREM, June 26 — Melvin Rowley, 79, died after he was beaten in his home, 1615 S. 400 West. His stepson, Strider Diem, 33, is charged with murder, assault and criminal mischief. Rowley and his wife chastised Diem when he came home drunk, and Diem allegedly punched Rowley several times. Rowley was left unconscious and was declared dead shortly thereafter. Diem allegedly said he attacked his stepfather because he was mad at his mother, who had emptied a bottle of alcohol and hit him over the head during the attack.

Alleged motive: Domestic dispute.

Method: Assault.

Christopher Alan Miller

VERNAL, July 6 — Christopher Alan Miller, 52, was found dead in his living room at 1350 W. 100 North. Miller had injuries “consistent with an altercation,” but an autopsy determined he had been strangled. Police were looking for a co-worker who had been staying in the apartment for the previous week. No arrests have been made.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Strangulation.

Debra Eatchel

SALT LAKE CITY, July 22 — Debra Eatchel, 53, was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Calvin Eatchel, 51, who also shot himself in a murder-suicide. His body was found in the street near 1670 W. 330 South. She was found dead in a car just 50 feet away. The couple had five children together and had been involved in a bitter divorce. She remarried weeks earlier, and her husband said an ongoing dispute over a large amount of money her ex-husband owed her from their divorce settlement boiled over that day when she went to her ex-husband’s house to pick up their 13-year-old daughter.

Motive: Financial, domestic.

Method: Shooting.

LeRoy Martinez

OGDEN, July 27 — LeRoy Martinez, 56, died after being put in a chokehold. Police say a domestic fight started at a house in Ogden when another man intervened and placed Martinez in a chokehold in an effort to stop the fight and prevent him from hurting anyone. He lost consciousness, however, and died. The Weber County Attorney's Office declined to file charges, declaring the death was justifiable and done in self defense.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Strangulation.

Anthony Hernandez

WEST VALLEY CITY, July 27 — Anthony Hernandez, 18, was walking with a group of four to five others near 3100 South and 4300 West when two vehicles pulled up to them. Words were exchanged between Hernandez and Armando Jose Majano, 19, and police say Majano shot Hernandez four times. Majano, of West Jordan, is charged with murder. Jose Carlos Salazar, 19, Juan Eduardo Cruz, 19, Diego Armando Monfeda, 20, Alejandro Argumendo, 21, and Ricardo Antonio Padilla, 26, are also charged with murder and other charges for planning and orchestrating the killing of a rival gang member.

Alleged motive: Gangs.

Method: Shooting.

Mary Ann Day

ST. GEORGE, July 29 — The bodies of Mary Ann Day, 47, and Paul Day, 60, were found in their home, near 2000 East and 200 South, by their 18-year-old son. Investigators believe Paul Day killed his wife and then himself. A gun used in the deaths was recovered. Police said they had never been to the house previously for any domestic violence-related issues.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Anthony Joseph Compton

PRICE, Aug. 3 — Anthony Joseph Compton, 38, died of an overdose. In late December, Price police arrested Alejandra “Ally” Dunn, 26, of Helper, for investigation of murder, distribution of a controlled substance and child endangerment. Investigators say she provided the drugs to Compton and left the house with her daughter but should have known he was overdosing.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Drugs.

David Gonzales

SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 31 — David Gonzales, 28, was shot in the head following a fistfight between rival gang members at a party at 970 S. 300 West. Donald Orlando Valdez, 29, and Nicholas James Valdez, 27, were reportedly talking about gang ties and flashing gang signs at the party when the fight broke out between Nicholas Valdez and Gonzales, who was a member of a different gang. The fight continued outside, where Nicholas Valdez allegedly fired shots into the air and into the ground. Donald Valdez, of Taylorsville, was charged with murder after police discovered spent 9mm rounds and a broken rosary near Gonzales' body. The rosary was similar to one Donald Valdez was photographed wearing at the party, police say. Nicholas Valdez was charged with discharging a firearm and obstructing justice.

Alleged motive: Gangs.

Method: Shooting.

Robert Santos Soto Jr.

OGDEN, Aug. 31 — Robert Santos Soto Jr., 26, was shot multiple times and discovered dead on the sidewalk outside a home at 1754 Lincoln Ave. Witness reported hearing arguing before the shots were fired. No arrests have been made in the case.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Derek Johnson

DRAPER, Sept. 1 — Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson, 32, was shot and killed after stopping to assist a broken-down vehicle at 13200 S. Fort St. Timothy Troy Walker, 34, was charged with aggravated murder, and prosecutors have indicated they may seek the death penalty. Walker allegedly fired through Johnson’s passenger window and continued to shoot as Johnson attempted to drive away. Walker then shot himself in the jaw in an apparent suicide attempt. Walker’s longtime girlfriend, Traci Lee Vaillancourt, 34, was charged with obstruction of justice, though she was also shot and injured in the incident.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Eli Rutchey

RIVER HEIGHTS, Cache County, Aug. 27 — On Sept. 4, Eli Rutchey, 2 years old, was found dead in his home. His mother, Heidi Marie Rutchey, 42, showed up at a hospital, and something about her condition prompted the staff to contact police. Deputies found the toddler at her house where he had been dead for some time. An autopsy listed the cause of death as "undetermined." The mother was later charged with murder. Rutchey, who said she is bipolar, allegedly told investigators she placed her hand over the child's mouth and nose until he died, then attempted to end her own life by overdosing on medication, the Herald-Journal reported. A competency hearing is set for Jan. 27.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Possible suffocation.

Thai Van Le

WEST VALLEY CITY, Sept 2 — Thai Van Le, 44, was stabbed to death during a Labor Day barbecue at 1801 W. Park Blvd. following a verbal confrontation with his girlfriend. Thu Huong Thi Nguyen, 41, was charged with murder. Nguyen allegedly got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Le in the back, all while Le was holding their 4-month-old child. A competency hearing is set for Feb. 10.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Stabbing.

Andrew Nelson, Ashton Peck

MURRAY, Sept. 7 — Police say questions may never be answered following the shooting deaths of Murray High student Andrew Nelson, 15, and Riverview Junior High student Ashton Peck, 13. The two boys were found dead in separate parts of the house of a single gunshot each inside Andrew's home, 859 W. Potomac Drive. A single handgun was recovered. Investigators fear they may never know whether their deaths were a murder-suicide or the result of a suicide pact or accident. They are awaiting lab results to see if they reveal more information.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Mario Saucedo

ROY, Sept. 8 — Mario Saucedo, 23, was shot and killed at a birthday party at 2950 W. 4650 South. Ruben Alvarado Nava III, 40, was charged with murder. Police say the victim and suspect were rival gang members. One witness told police that he was standing with Saucedo and three others when Nava approached and fired shots at the group.

Alleged motive: Gangs.

Method: Shooting.

Alix Norman

BRIGHAM CITY, Sept. 10 — Alix Norman, 16, was shot by her stepfather, Michael Woodruff, 46, who also shot and killed the family’s dog and then himself in a murder-suicide at their home, 545 N. 100 East. Alix had been at school that day. Her mother found the bodies in separate rooms when she came home from work. Investigators were at a loss for a motive for the killings. There was no note and few clues in the home. Police were unaware of any domestic problems.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Aliyah Wild

LAYTON, Sept. 17 — Aliyah Wild, 11 months, was killed after being shaken. Tyler Ryan Geary, 25, the boyfriend of Aliyah's mother, is charged with child abuse homicide. Prosecutors say Geary shook Aliyah for 30 to 40 seconds in an effort to get her to stop crying, dropped the child on a bed, then shook the child again.

Alleged motive: Frustration.

Method: Shaking.

Rickey Magnuson

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Sept. 25 — Rickey Magnuson, 48, was stabbed multiple times in an unprovoked attack as he answered his door at 415 E. 3400 South. Ansumana Jadama, 20, a neighbor, was charged with murder and aggravated burglary. A competency hearing is set for Jan. 3.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Stabbing.

Pictured: Ansumana Jadama

Travis Claye Davis

GRANTSVILLE, Sept. 30 — Travis Claye Davis, 37, was shot after barricading himself in his house, 54 W. Clark St., for several hours and threatening suicide. When he came out of the back of his house, he pointed a gun at officers and Grantsville Police Lt. Steve Barrett fired a single shot. Davis was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. Barrett's actions were determined to be legally justified.

Shallen Lestrick

OGDEN, Oct. 2 — Shallen Lestrick, 34, was found shot on 29th Street and died a couple of days later. No arrests have been made. Letick, a documented gang member, pleaded guilty to felony riot in the high profile shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in 2003. A gun battle between rival gangs resulted in a stray bullet stricking the young boy as he sat with his mother at a park two blocks away.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Nicholas T. Monte

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Oct. 9 — Nicholas T. Monte, 23, was driven by a friend to a hospital with a gunshot wound and later died. Police arrested Geno Alex Gonzales, 22, of Salt Lake City, two days later. Gonzales told detectives that he, Monte, Alfred Gomez, 34, and Jose M. Mendoza, 22, went to 5163 S. Applewood Drive believing that the homeowner sold marijuana and had $90,000 in cash that they could rob. Homeowner Sergio "Javier" Vargas-Martinez saw the men kick in his front door, then fired at Monte after he pointed a handgun at him, police say. Vargas-Martinez was charged with drug manufacturing and other charges but was not charged with killing Monte, who had broken into his home. Gonzales, Mendoza and Gomez were charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Shooting.

Bryan Mahue Mellor

CEDAR CITY, Oct. 9 — Bryan Mahue Mellor, 59, suffered multiple skull fractures after being stomped and kicked in the head repeatedly. Brandon Thomas Sappington, 30, was charged with aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Sappington was a transient and living secretly with Mellor against the wishes of the Cedar City Housing Authority. Two competency evaluations conducted on Sappington reached different conclusions in December. A third evaluation has been ordered.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Assault.

Christian Arenas

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct 13 — Police said Christian Arenas, 19, and a 20-year-old man were sitting in a car parked near 405 N. Pamela Way when rival gang members Antonio Andino, 34, and Timothy James Ford, 26, pulled alongside them in a stolen vehicle. After a brief exchange, Ford allegedly shot at the men with Andino's gun, striking Arenas in the forehead, killing him and injuring the 20-year-old man. Ford and Andino were each charged with murder and other felonies.

Alleged motive: Gangs.

Method: Shooting.

Mildred Tess Kunz

HOLLADAY, Nov. 13 — Mildred Tess Kunz, 78, and Larry P. Kunz, 79, were found dead in their home at 2647 E. Valley View Ave. They had been dead for several days. Police believe Larry Kunz shot his wife and then himself and said the couple had been suffering unspecified health problems.

Motive: Health, domestic.

Method: Shooting.

Donald Loomer

LA VERKIN, Washington County, Oct. 13 — Donald Loomer, 64, died from massive head trauma after being hit in the back of the head with a tree branch the size of a 2-by-4 during a fight. The attack was on Oct. 8. Loomer died several days later. John Stucki, 54, was charged with murder. Loomer hit Stucki on the side of the face with a coffee mug and Stucki allegedly retaliated by hitting him with the tree branch. Stucki also told police he was so intoxicated that he really couldn't remember the incident.

Alleged motive: Fight.

Method: Assault.

Pictured: John Stucki

Robert Ebere

WEST VALLEY CITY, Nov. 1 — Robert Ebere, 29, died from his injuries after he broke into a home a 7133 W. Chula Drive Oct. 30 looking for drugs and the homeowner, Javier Mendoza-Trujillo, put him a choke hold. He choked Ebere after the man held one of the women in the house at gunpoint and an 8-year-old called 911. Ebere and two armed men went to the home to attempt a "drug rip," police said. Investigators later obtained a warrant and said they located 9 pounds of cocaine in a hidden storage area and a large amount of cash inside the house. Mendoza-Trujillo was subsequently indicted in federal court on drug charges, but prosecutors declined to file charges in Ebere's death.

Motive: Self-defense.

Method: Assault.

Taylor Wheeler

SOUTH JORDAN, Nov. 15 — Taylor Wheeler, 12, and Dayton Gessell, 15, were found dead inside a home at 4781 W. Pine Canyon Way. Neither boy lived in the house. Three teens, including two brothers who live at the home, were also in the basement at the time — a 16-year-old and two 14-year-olds. An autopsy determined that Taylor died of a single gunshot wound and Dayton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a murder-suicide, but police don't know if Taylor's death was intentional or an accident.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Shooting.

Rupert E. Miley

OREM, Nov. 19 — Rupert E. Miley, 42, was shot in the back, crashed his car at 800 North and 100 East and died at an area hospital. Police said Mason French and Travis Waldron, both 24, were passengers in the car, and both have been charged with murder and other crimes. Police say the pair were drunk when they confronted Miley at his home, then all three got into Miley's car. Waldron allegedly held the gun to Miley's head before passing it to French in the back seat, instructing him to throw the gun out the window after the shot was fired.

Alleged motive: Drug debt.

Method: Shooting.

Willie D. Hollingsworth

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 20 — Willie D. Hollingsworth, 49, died of a stab wound to the abdomen. An ambulance was dispatched to an intersection outside the homeless shelter, 210 S. Rio Grande. Investigators were unsure whether the man was stabbed near the shelter or if the attack occurred somewhere else and he either walked or was dropped off at the shelter. No arrests have been made.

Motive: Unknown.

Method: Stabbing.

Jill Pepper

LAYTON, Dec. 22 — Jill Pepper, 37, and her husband, Bret Pepper, 39, were found dead in their home, 580 N. Franklin Road, of an apparent murder-suicide. Their daughter, home from college for the holidays, told police she heard gunshots, prompting her to check on her parents. Police said Bret Pepper shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. The couple’s three children, including boys ages 10 and 13, were home at the time.

Motive: Unknown domestic.

Method: Shooting.