WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police have recognized the sufferer in a capturing in West Jordan on Christmas Eve and have arrested two suspects.
Kenneth Gant, 16, was discovered useless within the car parking zone of Gene Fullmer Recreation Heart when police had been referred to as to carry out a welfare test Saturday morning.
Police later arrested two suspects, who allegedly each shot Gant the night time earlier than he was discovered.
Jedediah Zane Newsome, 18, and a 17-year-old boy are dealing with expenses in reference to the murder investigation. The 17-year-old was not publicly recognized as a result of he’s a minor.
The 2 had been discovered Saturday afternoon as a part of a separate investigation. Court docket information say they stole a automobile in West Valley Metropolis, then fled on foot after police noticed the stolen automobile and tried to cease them. They had been discovered within the yard of a close-by residence.
Investigators later related the suspects to the capturing based mostly on proof discovered throughout the investigations. Newsome additionally admitted to capturing Gant when interviewed by detectives.
The suspects agreed to satisfy up with Gant late Friday night time beneath the guise of becoming a member of their gang, police say. Newsome claimed that he knew Gant was a member of a rival gang, however did not admit to it. This made Newsome upset. He and the 17-year-old then took Gant behind a storage container within the car parking zone and every shot him twice, in response to the report.
Newsome is being held within the Salt Lake County Jail with out bail on 5 felony counts: Legal murder, obstruction of justice, and three firearm-related expenses. He additionally faces expenses of aggravated theft and failure to cease for police in reference to the automobile theft.
Police say the underage suspect is in juvenile detention on a separate incident in West Valley Metropolis (probably the automobile theft) and expenses associated to the murder are pending.
A GoFundMe has been set as much as assist Gant’s household with funeral bills.