Utah man accused of killing one other man in custody battle, police say

A Utah man who admitted to shooting a man on the victim’s porch reportedly told police he did it because he didn’t think the victim deserved custody of his children.

According to Springville Police, the victim – whose name has not been released – was shot multiple times just before 7pm on Saturday. Witnesses described a man leaving the area shortly after the shooting, as well as the car he was driving, and both the man and the vehicle could be seen on a neighbor’s surveillance video.

A short time later, Springville investigators were informed that a 25-year-old Orem man who said he had information about the shooting was in the lobby of a police station. According to investigators, the man matched the suspect’s description and drove the same make, model and color of car.

According to a probable cause statement, the suspect – an acquaintance and a former neighbor of the victim – told police he had been planning the shooting for about two months.

He told investigators he was upset about an upcoming divorce and custody battle between the victim and his estranged wife, adding that “he didn’t think the victim deserved custody of his children and that he had decided.” … that the victim had to die.”

The suspect told police he drove to the victim’s home and shot him, according to the probable cause statement. He placed the gun in a trailer in the victim’s driveway, where it was later found, and then drove to the police station.

The suspect was booked into the Utah County Jail to investigate murder and criminal discharge of a firearm. He is being held without bail.

The Salt Lake Tribune general does not identify a suspect unless charged with a felony.

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