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Man charged in fatal Kearns shooting

Published June 13, 2014 6:54 pm

Crime • Suspect admitted a hat found at the scene was his, according to charges.
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A man has been charged for allegedly shooting and killing a Kearns man, a crime police say was motivated by unwarranted jealousy over a woman.

Douglas Dwayne Evans, 31, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with murder and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies. He was also charged with purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

On May 31, Unified police were called to a home near 5400 S. Nez Perce Drive (5080 West) and found the body of Theodore Kelbach, 49. A woman was also there, and told police that she and Kelbach were alone in the home when they heard a knock at the door. When Kelbach went to answer the door, she heard a loud bang, according to the charges.

The woman went to see what was going on and saw a man in a red tank top leave in a silver car, according to the charges.

A Unified police detective learned that Evans "regularly frequented the [home] and was familiar with Kelbach," according to the charges. Police also found a red hat at the scene that "appeared to be an exact match to a hat that [Evans] had been seen wearing within 12 hours of the murder," the charges add.

Evans later admitted that the hat was his, according to the charges.

Detectives also learned from an acquaintance that Evans "suspected [the woman] of infidelity with Mr. Kelbach," the charges add. UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal said earlier this month that detectives have determined there was no romantic relationship between the woman and Kelbach.

Following up on leads, UPD officers located Evans in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in West Jordan on June 2. He was arrested without incident and booked into the Salt Lake County jail.


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